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Elaine Dame


"Dame has risen to the top ranks of Chicago jazz singers, with a musicality that allows her to improvise things most singers shouldn't even try. She possesses everything one could want in a true jazz vocalist: centered intonation, an enviable command of rhythm, and a translucent but powerful instrument.” ~ Neil Tesser, Grammy award-winning critic and Author, The Playboy Guide to Jazz

Elaine Dame, jazz vocalist, band leader, recording artist and private vocal jazz instructor, is a "Vocal dynamo...[and] continues to be a gem in the city's vocal jazz scene" according to Time Out Chicago. Since 1997, Dame has headlined the finest venues in Chicago, the Midwest and the nation, collaborating with some of the finest jazz instrumentalists. She has enjoyed residencies at such notable music rooms as the Rainbow Room, Michael Feinstein's 54 Below and the Metropolitan Room in New York City - and in Chicago, Elaine headlined the 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival and appears regularly at Winter's Jazz Club and The Jazz Showcase, to name but a few.

"Comes Love," Ms. Dame's debut recording on the blujazz record label, was released to wide critical acclaim and international radio play. "Her joy in the act of singing is obvious throughout the entirety of 'Comes Love.' Dame combines a freshness of approach with an unaffected fondness for the music she sings. The result is a clear-eyed approach to her material that remains accessible to a broad cross section of listeners, potentially enlarging the audience for jazz," says Jazz Improv Magazine.

Elaine’s self-produced sophomore recording "You’re My Thrill" was released on December 1st, 2014 and has garnered rave reviews. Neil Tesser, Grammy award- winning writer and author,The Playboy Guide to Jazz said this: “Elaine possesses an exacting, exhilarating command of melodic lines and emotional currents. It helps that she has pinpoint intonation: in performance, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard her miss her mark, even on difficult leaps or drops in a melody line. But she handles those intervals with a dancer’s grace and a nuanced attack,which allow the line to unfold seamlessly. She floats through a melody without any apparent; to appreciate her musicianship, listen to most other singers handle the same material (you can practically hear them sweat). And Dame’s phrasing manages to wed an improviser’s expressiveness with a welcome fidelity to the words and their meaning.”

For the past ten years, in addition to her consistent work as a jazz singer, Ms.

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Performance / Tour

Chicago Jazz Great Makes Big Apple Debut at NYC's Metropolitan Room

Chicago Jazz Great Makes Big Apple Debut at NYC's Metropolitan Room

Source: Elaine Dame

Elaine Dame Live at The Metropolitan Room Saturday, Feb. 4th, at 7 pm Cover charge: $22, with a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call the club at 212-206-0440 or purchase tickets at metropolitanroom.com. MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) members receive a $5 discount. CHICAGO, IL- 1/18/12—"Dame has quietly risen to the top rank of Chicago jazz singers, with a light and cheerful timbre and musicality that allows her to improvise things most singers shouldn't even try" —Neil Tesser, Author, Playboy Guide ...

“Elaine Dame sings standards with old-school insouciance, bringing plenty of rhythmic oomph to the swing she generates with her band (pianist Dennis Luxion, bassist Jake Vinsel, drummer Jon Dietemyer, and guitarist Andy Brown). But her devotion to classic jazz aesthetics doesn’t prevent her from mining gold from more contemporary sources—she makes agile vehicles of songs by the likes of Richard Thompson and Joni Mitchell.” ~Peter Margasak ~ The Chicago Reader

“Her new album You’re My Thrill is exactly what you’d expect from a consummate pro here in Chicago. The sidemen are a who’s who of top notch players in town, and the arrangements are refreshingly well thought out. There’s a lot to like here, from a rather grooving take on “You’re My Thrill” to a really nice run through of “I Was Doing All Right.” ~WDCB Jazz Radio

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JAZZ SINGING LESSONS Elaine Dame, professional jazz vocalist and recording artist with fifteen years experience in the industry, is now accepting vocal jazz students in Chicago and the surrounding area. Learn correct breathing and posture, increase your range, endurance and control and learn the fundamentals of theory, phrasing, scatting and interpretation, with an emphasis on individuality, creativity and fun! My vocal instruction rates are extremely reasonable. FROM MY FIRST STUDENT "Thank you very much for having wonderful lessons

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