Client Testimonials

Whether performing at a Chicago jazz club, Chicago corporate event, Chicago wedding, private gathering, community event, Chicago fundraiser or gala, jazz festival, restaurant, wine bar or private concert, OR booking an incredible Chicago musician for your next event, Chicago jazz singer Elaine Dame is committed to creating a superior level of excellence and musicianship that is unparalleled in the industry. I invite you to peruse my testimonials to find out what my patrons say about my work.

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Performing for the Chicago Jazz Festival with CJM – Photo by Christine Jeffers www.christinejeffersphotography.com


Andrew J. Mann – 50th Birthday Party
“We hired Elaine for a private party this past weekend and she and her two band members were top drawer fantastic. She is a complete professional and very gifted. She has an amazing voice and is a wonderful entertainer. Wish she could have played all night.” August 2017


Jim Rourke – Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
“I had a great experience working with Elaine. She put me in contact with the exact right musician for our event. It was a wonderful evening, due in large part to her hard work and flexibility. I had originally booked another artist, but he cancelled on us three days before the event. On very short notice, Elaine stepped up and found the perfect replacement.Thanks for helping make that night a success! Chris was an awesome addition to the party—exactly what we needed!” July 2017


Jeff Briggs – Realtor Open House
“My company used Elaine’s services for an Open House – and they were great! Fairly priced and sent an amazing musician for our event. Highly recommend Elaine and her team for any musical needs. We will definitely be working with her again! Highly recommended!” June 2017


Susan Katz – 70th Birthday Party Celebration
“Elaine booked a piano player for my 70th birthday party and I cannot say enough good things about my experience in working with her. She was incredibly professional, responsive and accommodating and the musician that she booked for my party was amazing! He took all of our requests all evening and was an absolute delight. I will definitely be recommending and using Elaine again!” April 2017


Mara and Jason Martinez – Wedding Clients
“Thank you so much for making our wedding day absolutely perfect. Your music was key to our ceremony, cocktail hour and first dance! We loved you and your team! We will absolutely be recommending your services. Hope to be at one of your shows very soon.” March 2017


Shannon Gottardo – 50th Birthday Party Celebration
“Elaine is an extraordinary chanteuse, and intuitively knew the needs of her audience and our occasion. She was so professional leading up to the event, and her wonderful performance truly elevated our celebration.” February 2017


Jennelle Fusinetti – Corporate Event for Daugherty Business Solutions
“Elaine was an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end. She provided two wonderful musicians for our work event and I could not have asked for better. I will highly recommend her services to anyone in need of musical talent for an event. I cannot say enough good about her professional services and would be delighted to be able to use her again in the future. Thank you Elaine!” January 2017


John Benish – New Year’s Eve Private Party
“Elaine was a great help in helping me find a piano player for my New Year’s Eve party. She was professional, easy to work with and always replied to my questions and emails in a timely fashion. Our pianist was so nice and played whatever we wanted. She made the party! I would highly recommend Elaine should you need to hire a musician for your party. Thanks, Elaine!!!” December 2016


Laurine Donohue – Director, Seniors Program, The Chicago Lighthouse
“Elaine, you were so kind and easy to work with on a crazy busy day. Sincerely, you made our party really great. I wanted to send a sincere thank you for your wonderful performance at our Holiday Party for the older adults at The Chicago Lighthouse. The members are still raving about your beautiful voice and how great the guitar player was! It was a great match and you even let a few of the older adults sing with you to give them a special moment to shine. Thank you for such a kind and excellent performance! They are already asking if you are coming back next year” December 2016


Kathy Hebert – Private Holiday Party
“Elaine, thank you for your help in finding a piano player for my party. She was wonderful! She played a great selection and everyone loved her. Thanks for the follow up too!” December 2016


Sue Ruszkowski – Corporate Holiday Party
“Your musicians were really great….just what the room needed to make the luncheon perfect. I would hire them again in a heartbeat. Thanks so much!” December 2016


Maria Connelly – Wedding Cocktail Hour
“Elaine booked a jazz pianist and a saxophone player for my sons cocktail hour at the Sofitel. I was very specific in the kind of music we wanted played and they did exactly what we wanted. They were on time, even early, looked good and sounded great. I would definitely recommend Elaine to book musicians for any event.” October 2016


Carla Lorenzetti – 90th Birthday Party
“I want to thank you for such an amazing performance. You two were phenomenal!! All our guests LOVED you, and compliments were plenty. I can’t wait until I can hear your beautiful voice again.” September 2016


Thomas Lipsmeyer – Awards Night Client, UIC’s Summer Institute of Sustainability and Energy
“One word. Fabulous. I was referred to Elaine by another singer. Elaine performed at the concluding banquet for a sustainability and energy summer program that UIC, UC, IIT, NU, Argonne National Lab, and the Clean Energy Trust threw at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. Elaine sounded as wonderful by the end of the the three hour gig as she did at the beginning. Her style, intonation, choice of music (I gave her complete reign to pick whatever she wanted), and stage presence were simply wonderful. The members of her band were also phenomenal musicians, and she could not have put together a better team. Elaine is not only EXTREMELY talented, but wonderful to work with. She was flexible in all things business and music related, and her sparkling personality made her a memorable addition to the banquet that she performed at. She was consistently doted over by attendees as one of the top reasons the evening was so successful. I highly recommend her to anyone. I definitely plan on having her back for many more events in the future. TRULY A TREAT.” August 2016


Alexis Knaack – Marketing Coordinator, Paylocity
“Elaine, thank you for the fabulous performance! Everyone loved it and I was very pleased. Great working with you!” July 2016


Steve Rainsford – Director of Resident Services, The Sheridan at Tyler Creek
“I just wanted to thank you again for a fantastic performance. The residents were all talking about it last night and this morning at breakfast. A high percentage of memory care residents have difficulty sitting still for a period longer than 20 minutes and also have extremely diminished short-term memory. The fact that the majority of them still remember the performance is amazing and goes to show how powerful music can be. You created new memories for people that have difficulty remembering that they just ate a meal while still sitting at the table. Thank you so much, and I hope to work with you again!” July 2016


Francois Bourgault – Marketing Director, Victor Textiles, Neo Con Event
“Elaine and her band made our customer event very special. She was a pleasure to work with and made everything go off without a hitch. Her singing, and the band’s backing, were superb!” June 2016


Sarah Martin – Snite Museum of Art, The University of Notre Dame
“The Elaine Dame Trio opened our summer music series with a real bang! Over 160 people (and one dog!) spent an early spring evening outside in our sculpture courtyard basking in the warmth of Elaine’s incredible voice and personality. Toes were tapping, heads were bobbing, and faces were smiling–a great time was had by all! Elaine was a dream to work with which made this performance especially pleasant for me as the organizer!” May 2016


Brian Siewert – Private Event Client
“Elaine was asked to be a featured vocalist for an important historical celebration for DAR in Chicago at The Drake Hotel. What a consummate pro! Her unique & beautiful tone, total professionalism, and classy stage presence truly wowed the audience. There couldn’t have been a more perfect performer for the event.” March 2016


Don Popravak – Holiday Party Client
“Sophisticated lady, sophisticated music. Elaine Dame exceeds her reputation as the top jazz singer in Chicago. We were looking for a smart, stylish, elegant and classy performer for our Christmas Party, and she delivered on all. Porter, Berlin, Gershwin, and Cahn – she captured that air of sophistication that got to the heart of their lyrics! Wow, our home was transported back to another era and we have Elaine to thank for that. As Cole Porter wrote; “You’re The Top” – it’s the best description for Elaine’s work – across the board amazing!” December 2015


Scott Freberg – Wedding Client
“My wife and I were recently married. We planned a small wedding with just family and a couple of close friends, approx. 35 people. We wanted the wedding to be memorable and classy. I told my wife I would handle the music. Fortunately, I found Elaine Dame. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve received numerous compliments on a classy wedding with great music. I highly recommend Elaine and will use her services again. She’s a true professional.” December 2015


Lisa Wade – Event Planner, Corporate Holiday Party Client
“Elaine was wonderful! Elaine, with her guitarist and bassist, provided the perfect music for our event for Philips Healthcare. She has an amazing voice and her passion for the music engaged our guests. We look forward to working with her again!” December 2015


Vlad Balabuev – Corporate Holiday Party Client
“That was a fantastic evening! Musicians were amazing, thank you so much!!!” December 2015


Matt and Rebecca Pecorelli – Birthday Party Client
“We hired the Elaine Dame Duo for an intimate gathering at our home. From the first email, Elaine was enthusiastic, professional, and thorough. We had excellent communication before and after the event and it showed in her performance. She is extremely talented and was able to expertly tailor the performance to the setting and our tastes. Elaine’s range is broad and dynamic, and she clearly has a true love for the music. I look forward to working with her again in the future.” August 2015


Janeen and Kevin Lord – Wedding Clients
“Elaine was such a pleasure to work with. I was looking for just a solo saxophone player and she helped me every step of the way. She was so helpful and answered all questions I had in a fast and professional manner. She was lovely to work with and I hope we need her assistance again in the future with another event. I would highly recommend her! It was a breath of fresh air working with her and I will miss our emails. Great job Elaine and Bill (Saxophone Player).” June 2015


Kelly and Matt Bielak – Wedding Clients
“I loved working with Elaine! She made the planning process very easy. Elaine and her band sounded amazing during the performance and definitely added to the atmosphere of the day. Everyone there really enjoyed their music!” May 2015


Kristin Ignozzi – Midwest Event Director, Macy’s
“Elaine is a fabulous performer! Her and her group performed at The Macy’s Flower Show and everyone absolutely loved it! It was incredibly upbeat and fun to watch and enjoy. Elaine was especially great to work with. I absolutely recommend her!” April 2015


Janette Spenny – Concert, Retirement Center Client
“Thank you for the performance today – you guys were amazing. The music was very different from the type of entertainers we have on a regular basis, so it was a real treat. Thank you!” April 2015


Steve Daugherty – Corporate Christmas Party Client
“In a word: Awesome! Elaine performed at our Roaring 20’s holiday party much to our guest’s delight! She was fantastic to work with, and really helped to make our event a success! I would highly recommend Elaine for any event you are having!” December 2014


Paul Dykstra – Surprise Party Client
“Elaine Dame and her jazz trio performed at a surprise birthday party for my wife. Her flexibility with the venue, communication, and follow- through were perfect. Elaine managed the logistics seamlessly with the focus of her efforts going towards an extraordinary night of music. The music never overpowered the celebration but due to the class, talent, and expertise of all three musicians the event was over the top. Thank you Elaine!” September 2014


Bryan Herb – Chief Marketing Officer, Zoom Vacations
UNBELIEVABLY Thankful I hired Elaine. I saw Elaine Dame perform at a holiday party, and I loved her energy, so when it was time to hire a jazz singer for a 100 person birthday event, I knew who to call. This was a huge weekend celebration with a LOT of moving parts. Without question, one of the best decisions I made was hiring Elaine. I knew she was lovely with great voice, from hearing her perform at the holiday party I attended. What I came to find out was that she is also INCREDIBLY flexible, professional, on-point, responsible, and helpful. Working with her was a complete pleasure. Without question, I would recommend her. If you hire her, I am sure you will be as pleased and relieved as I was to have found her.” August 2014


Brian Di Bartolomeo and Matthew Saleski – Wedding Clients
“Talent, beauty, professionalism, and.. magic! Elaine is a true living legend in her own right, but she also has a rare gift for connecting with people on all levels, including her music– that is the magic! We had the good fortune to meet Elaine at our dear friend Chris’ annual Christmas party years ago, swinging to her lovely voice. Years later, as my husband and I decided to get married, we looked no further than Elaine to set the mood for our special day on another friends’ farm in Michigan. We asked her to perform for both the ceremony and reception– two different experiences we wanted to create. Elaine met with us several times before the date to make sure everything was just right. She also recruited an amazing band–trumpet, keyboard, bass, and drums–to back it all up. She created a custom arrangement for our ceremony and allowed another friend of ours to perform “Just Breathe” with her. It was electric and gave everyone goosebumps. Later– she allowed me (the amateur) to perform with them with my Tenor Sax. What a thrill! From all the pictures throughout the day, everyone was smiling throughout. Elaine brought the music, the mood, and the joy to it all. Magic. We were so blessed to have had her perform for us, but even more to consider her a dear friend for life.” August 2014


Chris Fill and Brian Hofman – Wedding Clients
“A memorable high class woman inside and out. Elaine came highly recommended by our wedding planner, SQN Events. She did not disappoint us, and actually exceeded our expectations. We were able to visit her website and find several recent examples of her work and were blown away. She was easy to contact, responsive to our needs, and incredibly easy to work with. We had arranged for a family member to introduce us, and due to a last minute change of plans, were in need of someone else to fill the spot. Elaine stepped up and not only offered to do the introduction for us, she also sang a special song that we requested be sung as we walked into the room. Several guests commented on Elaine’s singing and class. She honored our guests special requests, which was appreciated. As we think back on our wedding day, we will always be thankful for Elaine’s stellar performance. Out of all of the vendors that we worked with, she was one of the top 2 for our special day.” August 2014


Frances Wiet and Randy Mueller – Wedding Clients
“Elaine came highly recommended for our wedding by family members who had attended parties where she performed. What a great steer for us! Randy and I both have musical backgrounds ourselves and music was an important feature to us for our wedding. Throughout the process of contracting Elaine to the night of our wedding, Elaine brought tremendous range of repertoire, energy, professionalism and flexibility. She and her band members are tremendous musicians and demonstrated quite a wide range of musical styles and capabilities going from classical selections for our ceremony to lively jazz selections for the reception. Our family loved her too and we had quite a number of people dancing. Elaine and her colleagues made the night sparkle.” July 2014


Ken Duckmann and James Perez – Wedding Clients
Elaine is incredible! She was so helpful in making our wedding reception warm, classy, and relaxing. With her guidance, the reception went without a hitch. We were working with a small venue and she was amazing at coordinating the logistics of our reception – from the introductions of our attendants, to the cutting of the cake, and the start of our first dance. Very professional as well – Elaine was always VERY prompt with returning phone calls and emails. Most importantly, the music!! Elaine is a very talented musician and works with only the best! Thank you so much for making our wedding reception fantastic! Everyone really enjoyed your music! June 2014


Derek Cazeau – Executive Director, The Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation
“Elaine Dame and her septet recently performed for our annual fundraiser, A Starlight Gala. She was wonderful to work with and the music was phenomenal. My event guests enjoyed the jazz entertainment without being overwhelmed. Elaine and her team are truly a class act.” May 2014


Paul Lochner – Catering Manager, The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
“I always have a hard time remembering vendors, but from our last few interactions working on the Mortenson events at the hotel, I truly enjoy working with you. You have a fantastic presence, and I’ll continue to refer you every time I have a request for a jazz band.” March 2014


Kate Niehoff – Activities Librarian, The Schaumburg Township District Library
“Elaine gave a wonderful performance at the Schaumburg Township District Library. Her voice is absolutely amazing, and our patrons raved about the concert. We will definitely be asking her to perform for us again.” January 2014


Gidget Freeberg – Convention Client, Illinois Dept. of Aging
“Elaine was amazing to work with! She arranged for musical entertainment for our annual conference held in Chicago December 11-13, 2013. She was excellent to work with, followed up in a timely manner, and put together a superb group of musicians.” December 2013


Gerry Minnich – Holiday Party, JHL Capital Group
“Elaine was so helpful in making my company’s holiday party go off without a hitch. We were working with a small, multilevel venue, and she was amazing at coordinating the logistics of the evening. Very professional as well – Elaine was always VERY prompt with returning phone calls and emails. Most importantly, the music!! Elaine is a very talented musician and works with only the best! Thank you so much for making our holiday party fantastic! Everyone really enjoyed your music all evening!” December 2013


Jane Halpin – Holiday Senior Living Event Client
“Fabulous afternoon! Our prospects and residents thoroughly enjoyed Elaine’s performance. It was personal with warm touches while performing for over 150 guests. The perfect mix of holiday and jazz selections. We will definitely ask Elaine back next year for our Holiday event.” December 2013


Katharine and Alex Stone – Wedding Clients
“Everything was just wonderful. So many guests asked me where I found the absolutely spectacular singer and musicians. It was perfect for the audience (everyone from 15 through their 80s). I loved your music that was recorded but was so much more impressed when I heard it live. And while I wasn’t expecting people to dance, given that it was a small group of people, nonetheless you got people on the dance floor! Thank you, thank you, thank you!” August 2013


Christian Leedy – Engagement Party Client
“Elaine, as part of a quartet, played an event for my family and it was flawless. She picks the right music to accent the mood of the night and alters that as the crowd dictates. She worked seamlessly with the restaurant and during a wedding week that made things extra easy on me. I would recommend Elaine and will gladly use her again.” August 2013


Bradley Reid – 50th Anniversary Party
“We hired Elaine and her quartet to entertain at a 50th wedding anniversary for my parents. The band had to travel over 100 miles to the venue. They arrived early and set a very nice stage in the corner of the room. Elaine and her band played a very nice mixture of standards, took requests and engaged the audience. I can’t say enough about the quality of the sound – We had the luxury of some of the finest musicians in the country all to ourselves for the evening. Our guests were highly complimentary. Thanks, Elaine!” August 2013


Dawn Stowe – Chief Marketing Coordinator, Plum Market
“Thank you for performing at the grand opening of Plum Market, Chicago. We loved having you and so did the guests!” July 2013


Nancy McGowan – Design Liaison, KEHOE DESIGNS
“I wanted to thank you, it was most wonderful working with you and I look forward to working with you again. You are a beautiful performer in every way and it was lovely to see and hear your performance.” June 2013


Cyndi Gerlach – Marketing Manager, BMO Harris Bank
“Elaine was very easy to work with. As with any corporate event, we need for our contractors to be professional, and that’s exactly what Elaine was. Responses were timely and informative. I work at all hours of the day, so someone that can email me or call me back on a timely basis is welcome. Her performance was phenomenal and she was even a trooper when we asked her to make an announcement. Thanks again Elaine. I will totally contact you when I’m in need of a Jazz Singer!” June 2013


Deborah DeLambert – Senior Marketing Coordinator, Mortenson Construction
“Excellent Performance! Elaine and the two musicians who accompanied her provided exactly what we wanted for our corporate event. She is very talented and professional, and I wouldn’t hesitate to hire her for our next function.” April 2013


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Laura Langer – Director of Marketing/Communications, Barrett Moving and Storage/Suddath Relocations
“Thank you for helping to make our recent on-site event a success. You made planning for the event easy and you were so adaptable to our schedule and facility. Most of all, you made our event special through the quality of the music and your warm style. We had so many positive comments on the music and it added a great dimension to our event. I was particularly grateful for the way you adjusted your sound to the environment, and the spirit of the evening, which was designed for us to network with business community members and customers. Above all, the music was wonderful! I would unhesitatingly recommend you and the musicians you put together for the evening to anyone planning an event they would like to make memorable. We look forward to working with you again in the future!” October 2012


Chris Brenkus – Executive Director, The British-American Business Council
“What a pleasure it was to work with you! On behalf of the British-American Business Council Board of Directors, and especially the Christmas Gala committee, we want to applaud you and your colleagues on an outstanding performance at our gala at Cafe Brauer last Friday! Our guests raved about you and our committee was so delighted with its choice of entertainment. You are a star!” December 2012


Jim Palmich – Wedding Client
“Elaine Dame was nothing short of outstanding for our recent wedding. She gladly incorporated the songs we chose from her playlist with the other selections her trio deftly played. Never was the volume overbearing or intrusive. She even took requests from guests without cheapening the slickness of her performance. Elaine is adept at incorporating her band in her performances…never upstaging, but rather, complementing each other. Beyond her musical prowess, you will be hard-pressed to find a more professional musician in the Chicago-land area, in terms of logistics, set-up and coordinating with event planners. She is sincere in her craft and truly delivered a fantastic performance for our guests. If you are looking for a talented, diverse, and truly lights out jazz performer, look no further.” September 2012


Joy Dinsdale – Bridal Luncheon
“I hosted a Bridal Luncheon event held at Sepia Restaurant in Chicago and reserved the music with Elaine Dame. Elaine Dame booked a gentleman duo of guitar and standing bass instrumentation who delivered musical jazz artistry with sophisticated sound. The warm, smooth, and expressive jazz music embellished the venue and my event. I was very satisfied with the musicians booked through Elaine Dame and would not hesitate to call her for another event.” July 2012


Jeff Souva and Jim Bennett – Midwest Organizers, Lambda Legal Fundraising Event
“We are honored to have had you perform at our event for the last two years!  Your support and extra effort made the event so special. You and your band were fantastic! Our guests and attendees have greatly enjoyed your performances, especially the “sponsor song” you so effortlessly composed.  Your talent and style is unmatched and your presence has helped us produce a beautiful and special evening. Thank you for the CD help too!” September 2012


Thomas Lipsmeyer – Awards Night Client, UIC’s Summer Institute of Sustainability and Energy
“One word. Fabulous. I was referred to Elaine by another singer. Elaine performed at the concluding banquet for a sustainability and energy summer program that UIC, UC, IIT, NU, Argonne National Lab, and the Clean Energy Trust threw at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. Elaine sounded as wonderful by the end of the the three hour gig as she did at the beginning. Her style, intonation, choice of music (I gave her complete reign to pick whatever she wanted), and stage presence were simply wonderful. The members of her band were also phenomenal musicians, and she could not have put together a better team. Elaine is not only EXTREMELY talented, but wonderful to work with. She was flexible in all things business and music related, and her sparkling personality made her a memorable addition to the banquet that she performed at. She was consistently doted over by attendees as one of the top reasons the evening was so successful. I highly recommend her to anyone. I definitely plan on having her back for many more events in the future. TRULY A TREAT.” August 2012


Erwin Dreschler – Owner, Erwin Cafe and Bar
“Elaine Dame is a treasure of the Chicago jazz vocal scene. While performing at Erwin Cafe from 2010-2012, a loyal following continued to grow and raise the energy level that complemented the style of our food and service. She became not only the perfect addition to the evening, but created a nurturing and sublime feeling for our guests. Elaine became a focal point at Erwin as her performances drew jazz lovers. She is will always be cherished and is a truly talented and class act.” August 2012


Linda Kampschroeder – Owner, Salt Creek Wine Bar
“Elaine Dame is a real treat! Her interpretation and voice transform a song.  Her polish and style bring a certain hipness to the room. As the owner of a venue that deals with many musicians, Elaine’s professionalism and friendliness make her a joy to deal with.” June 2012


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Barbara Lee Cohen – President, PRODUCTIONS USA, Inc.
“Your group is one of the exceptional musical acts we’ve retained to entertain thousands of guests who come for pregame entertainment for the Chicago Bulls games. And, as always, you and your very talented musicians have performed with great aplomb and total professionalism. Our project staff always look forward to your appearances because they know when you are performing, we can always expect really fine shows. Of course, whether it’s for an independent corporate booking or the times when we’ve seen you perform at clubs around town…the good feelings about your show continue. You are a credit to the jazz community and to the creative community as a whole!” July 2012


Lisa and Paddy – Wedding Clients, Chicago, The Drake Hotel
“The Elaine Dame Trio were fabulous – they were EXACTLY what we were looking for. I had (and continue to have) many comments from guests about how spectacular they were. One guest said that she was eating her dinner and heard Norah Jones singing and wondered where Norah was (I had chosen “Come Away with Me”). We had a few musician friends in attendance, and they were VERY complimentary.” October 2011


Niti and John Conway – Wedding Clients
“Elaine has the aura of a celebrity entertainer. We were delighted when Elaine was available to perform during the cocktail hour at our wedding. She performed each song with her own personal style, drawing you in to a familiar tune while experiencing it in a new and stimulating way.” September, 2011


Lori Grinnell – Concert Client, Monroe Arts Center
“Perfect group for any occasion!  Very professional and a pleasure to work with. The quality of the show was absolutely top-notch.  Superb vocals, superb musicians, great audience rapport. Would highly recommend them.”  August, 2011, Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, WI


Tracy Adams – Wedding Client
“Elaine is the best and always wows the crowd! After a long love affair with Elaine as a singer, we decided to hire her to sing at our civil union celebration. It was a wonderful event, and hiring Elaine was probably the single best decision we made. She is an elegant, joyful singer whose singing is only outdone by her glorious personality. By the end of the evening, everyone was in love with her!” July 2011, Oak Park, IL


Carina Sokalski and Patrick Kassen – Wedding Clients
“Thank you for making our wedding reception spectacular. Our guests were very complimentary about your performance – they loved it! I made for an incredible ambiance and we couldn’t have selected a better quartet! We also appreciate how professional and organized you were since the day we first met you.” June 2011, The Elmhurst Art Museum


Beth Bernstein – Owner, SQN Events
“Elaine Dame was the perfect fit for our luxury bridal event. In a room full of elegant and upscale decor, Elaine’s music set the perfect mood for an evening of bridal inspiration. Elaine and her musicians are as professional as they are talented. I look forward to booking them for future events, and listening to their CD often!” February 2011


Jennifer Black – Communications Director, Glenview Public Library
“Elaine Dame performed a holiday program at the Glenview Public Library — Jazz It Up: A Holiday Cabaret. We always look for a unique twist to our holiday musical performance and Elaine certainly provided that special touch. Easy to work with and willing to to put together a rich jazz repertoire within our budget, Glenview Library patrons were treated to a sophisticated performance in the spirit of the holiday season. When Elaine is in the house, you can count on an intimate, dynamic performance sure to please your guests.” December 2010


Bill Denk – Music Director, Woodstock Jazz Festival
“Thank you so much for your performance at the jazz festival. I hope you had as much fun as I did. Your singing was especially heartfelt and nuanced. I could tell the audience was hanging on to every twist of phrase.” August 2010


Mary Harris – Mary J. Harris Jazz
“Elaine is an inspired, dynamic and talented vocalist. Her show is fresh, fun and fabulous! Any venue that needs a jazz vocalist will be happy that they hired Elaine!” August 2010


Jeff Sanders – Music Director, Easy Street Productions
“Elaine is an excellent singer and bandleader. She is professional, courteous, and can accommodate many musical styles. You will be very happy if you hire her.” August 2010


Melissa Snoza – Musical Coordinater, Private Event in Lake Geneva, WI
“Elaine is a class act – start to finish. We worked together on a very large event, and she handled all of the preplanning logistics with grace and a smile. She remained incredibly flexible through the end, and was always extremely responsive. The greatest pleasure was finally getting to hear her perform – she’s an incredible talent, and performed a fantastic set that was perfect for the evening. It was a true joy, and I’d recommend her anywhere!” August 2010


Arlene Bardelle – Professional Jazz Vocalist
“Elaine is a highly respected musician and vocalist in the jazz community. A terrific vocalist, flautist. Wherever she performs, she exudes complete professionalism.” August 2010


Julie Christopher – Event Coordinator, The Boys and Girls Club Annual Lawn Ball, Chicago
“You and your musicians added a perfect mix of sophistication and sass to Friday night’s Lawn Ball. Over the past few days, I’ve heard many positive comments about the addition of a live music to the event. It’s been awhile since we’ve sprung for an ensemble of your caliber at this event, but, when I took over co-chair duties this year, I IMMEDIATELY pictured your group playing on that terrace! Your performance gave the event the extra “oomph” it’s been craving; something to kick it up a notch!  July 2010


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Melissa Snoza – Musical Coordinator, Event in Lake Geneva, WI
“Actually – just wanted to say thank you once again for your heroic efforts yesterday – you and your ensemble did such a fantastic job, and sounded amazing, even through the longest set ever known to man. Everyone commented on how beautiful you sounded and looked, and also how incredibly easy you were to work with. Thank you so much for being such a pro through the whole process – it made the whole thing so much more enjoyable for me!  July 2010


Elizabeth and Sarah Dale – Wedding Clients
“We never dreamed we would have live music at our wedding—that is, until we met Elaine. She was the perfect choice, her band was superb, and working with her was the most stress-free part of our wedding planning. We knew we were in good hands with her experience, organization and great taste in music. And, we especially appreciated the care she took with our first dance—“That’s All”. We will always remember the music and radiant joy Elaine and her band brought to our special day.” July 2010


Susan Evans – Communications Manager, Beef Information Centre
“Elaine played at our corporate event in our trade show booth at McCormick Place. It was not a perfect venue, but she was the perfect choice. Elaine’s singing roused the crowd and brought much interest and attention to our booth, exactly what we were looking for. Not only is Elaine extremely talented and a joy to listen to, she was very professional and organized. I highly recommend her.” May 2010


Restaurant Client – Bill Pollack, Bill Pollack Music
“My clients at “Fulton’s On The River” truly enjoyed your talent, showmanship and professional demeanor. We’ve heard only wonderful things about you and your terrific trio! Thanks for making yourself available to us. I look forward to the next opportunity to showcase you for one of our future clients!” November 2009


Nancy and Ed Segreti – Wedding Clients
“Elaine Dame is fabulous in every way. She is an accomplished vocalist, a great entertainer and also a true business professional. She just simply ‘gets it.’ We were thrilled with Elaine and her Quartet and highly recommend them for sophisticated jazz.” October 2009


Jason Hall – Private Party Client, Red7Salon, Evanston, IL
“They were absolutely the VERY BEST choice that I could’ve made to have our party fabulous.They were wonderful. I’m SOOOO very glad that I found your site and found Elaine through it as well. I would DEFINITELY recommend her to anyone. Thanks so much!” August 2009


Heather Meibach – Conference Services Manager for The University of Chicago Gleacher Center
“Elaine Dame is sensational! As a wedding and event planner I knew I had to have her perform at my sister’s wedding. Elaine was the hit of the day, I received compliment after compliment about how wonderful Elaine’s music was. Elaine is talented, graceful, kind, professional, and elegant. Elaine executed my music requests perfectly, she acted as the MC and was so efficient, no one could take their eyes off of her. Elaine sang a breathtaking version of “What a Wonderful World” for my sister and father’s first dance, that brought tears to my father’s eyes, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Elaine also took a very special request that I had for her and did a gorgeous rendition of “Happy Birthday” for my 4 year old cousin who shared her birthday with my sister’s wedding. Elaine’s music set the mood for the wedding, she provided tunes that were sentimental, beautiful, and clear; she simply created memories. I will be using Elaine Dame for all of my special events to come as there is nothing else like her in Chicago!” August 2009


Donna and Ron Meibach – Parents of the Bride, Wedding Clients
“Without a doubt, you (and your musicians) made our wedding an absolute sensation! We think your voice is a gift from the gods and then your gift back to us mortals, that it is sheer beauty at its best…”  August 2009


Kara and Matt Schlagheck – Wedding Clients, Evanston, IL
“My wife and I had the privilege of having Elaine Dame and her Quartet perform on our wedding night. The music, and her voice, truly made the night unforgettable. The talent and professionalism that she brought to our special night was beyond anything we expected. One of the most frequent comments we heard from our guests was, ‘Who is singing? She is amazing.’ Her style perfectly fit the intimate reception we held, but it is obvious that Elaine would have no problem on any stage, large or small. In the time leading up to the event, Elaine was up-front, knowledgeable, and thankful. We never pretended to be connoisseurs of music or jazz, so we left most of the evening in her hands. She came through beautifully. I would recommend her services for any occasion. If she can get my family to dance, she can do anything. I can’t say enough about her, and I look forward to seeing her perform in the future. Give her a look and you will not be disappointed.” July 2009


From Rabbi Michael Schorin
“Elaine, just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed your performance at yesterday’s wedding. The combination of your voice, the songs selected and your first-rate musicians made for a wonderful backdrop to the occasion. All the best, (Rabbi) Michael” July 2009


Jason Hall – Private Party Client, Red7Salon, Evanston, IL
“Elaine and her crew are ALWAYS fantastic! This was the 2nd time that we hired her to perform for our company and both times were really great. Besides having a wonderful voice and timing, she is extremely accommodating and fun! Her personality really makes an event – she is the utmost professional and I would absolutely hire her again. 5 stars all the way! Thanks Elaine – you’re amazing and all our clients/staff think so too!” June 2009


Greg O’Neill – Co-owner/Proprietor, Pastoral Wine, Cheese, and Bread
“Elaine is easy to work with and truly understands customer needs and requirements. She provides a high-quality service at a very reasonable price and we would definitely work with her again and recommend her unconditionally.” June 2009


Monica Lockie – Director of Events, The North Shore Senior Center
“Elaine Dame is absolutely amazing! She performed a Sunday concert at North Shore Senior Center to rave reviews. Everyone was singing and dancing in their seats. Elaine has a commanding stage presence and her voice is beautiful. She is dynamic and engaging. We can’t wait to hear her sing again.”  March 2009


David Winner – Community Event Client, President, Lakeview East Citizen’s Council
“Our organization was having a fundraiser and Elaine Dame was referred to us by an associate. What a wonderful experience we had working with her. She was very accommodating and professional and fun to work with. Her music selections for the event were perfect and her voice was sweet and clear. Our group loved her so much, we invited her back for the following year fundraiser. Good local talent is very hard to find. Chicago has a great catch and after hearing her, we know that others will say the same!!” October 2008


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Kari-Lynn O’Neil – Wedding Client, Milwaukee, WI
“Elaine was a pleasure to work with! My only complaint was that she had to stop! Seriously, the mood she set for our event, the little ‘At Last’ serenade after our ceremony was and will always be unforgettable.”  September 2008


Ingrid Mueller – Fundraiser/Charity Event Client – Special Events, Kenosha Achievement Center
“Elaine was perfect for our event. From the first time I contacted her, I couldn’t help but notice how warm and enthusiastic she is. Elaine’s performance was stunning; she delivered a professional, class act for our event. In addition to her amazing voice and stage presence, her quartet and sound technicians truly understood our needs and requirements. Extraordinary talent, very personable and professional!” September 2008


Dory Binyon – Manager, Chicago Marketing at Playbill
“Elaine has an extraordinary talent. Her voice is heaven! I highly recommend hiring her for any corporate or personal event! Very professional and personable as well!” March 2008


William Walker – Birthday Party Client
“Elaine! We had seen her perform a couple of times at a friend’s Holiday Party and once in a lounge. We asked her to do a surprise birthday, where her music was probably the biggest surprise for the birthday ‘man.’ She put together the perfect sets (responsive to requests) and pulled together the perfect group. Will always be the best of memories, easy to close your eyes and hear her voice; it is so wonderful!” Feb. 2008 Oak Park, IL


Tom & Diana Stamborski – Private Party Clients, Christmas Party
“When planning a rather large-scale Christmas/Holiday party last year, we knew we wanted live music to complement the evening’s activities. Having heard Elaine previously at Scylla Restaurant, there was only one choice for our party. Elaine and her accompanists did an outstanding job by creating the visual and musical impact of a live performance while being sensitive to not overpowering the guests’ conversations. Her musical selections showcased her talents as a jazz vocalist while weaving in the holiday spirit. During and after the event we received uniformly positive comments as to her performance and the touch of class that she added to the evening. We couldn’t have been more pleased with our choice to have her perform. As a matter of fact, we’ve booked Elaine for our 2007 holiday party.” December 2007


Tina Jacobs – Christmas Party Client
“I thought Elaine did an excellent job… Easy to work with, pleasant to speak to, and a wonderful performer. You would definitely be pleased with hiring her for your event!”  December 2007


Lindsay Clausen – Wedding Client, Storm Lake, IA
“Elaine Dame and her group were great. We got married on December 20th just as a huge snow storm hit. Elaine made it to our event without any problems. She was also an amazing singer. She made our cocktail and dinner hour so special. I would highly recommend her. We received so many compliments on how great the music was.” December 2007


Robert G. – Private Party Client, Birthday Party
“Elaine and her jazz group proved to be the perfect fit for my event. They played elegant and lively music and everyone said it was a real highlight. Elaine will spend time with you before your event to make absolutely sure you get what you’re looking for and if you have any samples of music you would like then don’t be afraid to make a list as a guideline. They will easily add your favorites to their repertoire. They’re often playing around Chicago (sometimes at The Drake Hotel) so if you get the opportunity to hear them play somewhere I highly recommend it. Whether you book them or not you’ll have a fun time doing ‘research’ as I did.” October 2007


Erica Cross-Milovich – Wedding Client, St. Joseph, MI
“I never formally thanked you for being the highlight of our wedding day. You truly made our wedding day so special…having you perform was honestly the one thing that I wanted. I can’t even begin to thank you for your voice, your smiles and your personality throughout the evening!” May 2007


Reginald Marsh – Jazz Club Client, Owner, M Lounge
“M Lounge has welcomed Elaine back repeatedly over the last two years and with good reason. The energy she exudes along with her beautiful, dynamic voice is the perfect formula for a wonderful jazz experience. Whether you are looking for a jazz artist to hire for an event or you are looking for some great jazz during your night on the town, you cannot go wrong with Elaine Dame.”  March 2007


Diane Chacharon – Freelance Producer, Chacharon Productions
“Elaine is the perfect solution to any party or event. She’s classy, beautiful and sings like a bird. Her voice is like velvet and honey. Smooth and sweet. She is a PRO.” March 2007


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Tom Foley – Owner, The Broadway Cellars – Restaurant Client
“Elaine is one of our favorite performers. Her intimate style and warmth are perfect for our Saturday night jazz series. She is our first choice for important evenings like New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. Elaine is top tier all the way.” February 2007


Christopher Lueking – Private Party Client, Christmas Party, Latham & Watkins, LLP
“There is nothing like live music to make a party special, and there is nobody like Elaine Dame to perform. Great voice, great style, great lady! Every year Elaine leads a group of talented jazz musicians and entertains for my holiday party. My guests love her. I wouldn’t have the party without her, and can’t recommend her highly enough!” December 2006


Scott Fech – Private Party Client, Graduation Party, Valparaiso, IN
“Elaine Dame and her group create memories. All of our friends and family are still talking about her performance and how much her group truly loves their art and performance. The music was beautiful, the performers professional and enjoyable to work with. We have become true fans and will make arrangements to see her play in public venues in the very near future. Can’t praise her and thank her enough!” October 2006


Richard Dayhoff – Event Planner
“The Elaine Dame Quartet performed at our luxury cruise event … around 250 guests … the jazz music appealed to the broad range of ages on board … her voice is amazing … she went way beyond her performance interacting with the guests … such a class act … a five star performance! October 2006, Kanan Cruises, Navy Pier, Chicago


Julie O’Leary – Community Event Client, East Dundee, IL
“Elaine was a delight to work with. Very talented and a joy to meet. I would highly recommend her! October 2006


Sherry Kaye – Showroom Marketing Director – Hafele Corporation
“From the first time I met Elaine, I found her to be warm, vivacious, and incredibly talented. She was very flexible when we had some last-minute changes, and was nothing but enthusiastic every step of the way. We’ll definitely bring Elaine back for future events!”  September 2006


Stephanie Izard – Restaurant Client, Scylla Restaurant, Owner
“Elaine’s trio has been performing at my restaurant for over a year now. Her music is sophisticated, lively and highly enjoyable! It really enhances the atmosphere and my guests can still converse and enjoy their experience. She knows just how to ‘read’ the room and her and her musicians are always stylish and professional.” August 2006 – Stephanie was an ’08 contestant/winner on TV’s “Top Chef”


W. Craig Cooper – Jazz Club Client, Pops for Champagne, Music Director
“Elaine simply radiates from the stage, with an obvious passion for what she does and, more importantly, an openly expressed enjoyment of the very nature of the process. She is one of a rare group of singers who treats her instrument as just that, and so is able to perform with her band instead of just in front of them. Plus, there really may not be a nicer person on any stage in Chicago.”July 2006


Tom Test – Voice-Over & On-Camera Talent, Voices On Studio
“Elaine has a stunning amount of talent. The beauty of her performances may actually bring you to tears, as it sometimes does to me. She brings an original vision to her performances, so you don’t feel like you’re hearing a cheap imitation of some other famous singer, you’re hearing Elaine Dame. I must also report that I’ve worked side-by-side with Elaine, in a previous life when we both waited tables at a busy upscale restaurant. In that sort of stressful work environment, you will certainly find out a person’s true colors. Elaine was a reliable, solid, poised and classy person to work with. I think this is important because there are some amazingly creative people out there who are very difficult to work with and not always reliable. Elaine is easy to work with, and you can count on her to live up to her word. She’s a consummate professional in everything she does.” April 2006


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Kristen Krerowicz – Community Event Client, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
“Elaine was WONDERFUL!!! Our elders really enjoyed her performance and her voice was amazing. She was considerate, took requests, and interacted with the audience beautifully. What an absolute treat.” February 2006


Anthony Hogan – Corporate Event Client, HGH Creative
“Having heard Elaine Dame perform at a few other events, I knew that when the opportunity arose, I’d love to have her at mine. Elaine added just the right touch of elegant sophistication that helped transform our event from a ‘night out’ into a ‘night to remember.’ And, how did she know to sing my favorite standard, ‘The Nearness of You,’ just at the right moment? She’s a magical performer! September 2005


Shannon Broderick – Corporate Event Client, Director of Operations, Black Orchid Supper Club
“I booked Elaine Dame and her trio for a high profile corporate client event and am so glad I did. A perfect fit from beginning to end. She was exactly what the client was expecting. Her music always lights up the venue yet Elaine and the wonderfully talented musicians she works with understand that with many corporate functions the client wants to be subtly entertained while they do business and not have to compete with the music on stage. She is easy to work with, always professional and really listens to the clients’ needs from music style to the purpose of the evening whether it’s a wedding or a networking event. I will continue to highly recommend her to a variety of clients.” August 2005


Jill Mason-Terzakis – Wedding Client
“My husband and I hired Elaine Dame to sing at our wedding reception. Elaine has a beautiful voice, possesses great vocal and interpretative talents, is a lovely person, and conducts her business in the most professional manner. We loved her work so much that we also created a CD of several songs as a gift for our wedding guests – which was extremely well received.” July 2005


Jill Dolllinger – Sales/Marketing Coordinator, Sony Music Entertainment
“Elaine always brightens my spirit when I see her perform! Her enthusiasm about what she is doing on stage is enjoyable and communicated to the audience. The musicians she performs with are as equally talented and enjoyable as well.” April 2005


April and John Gap – Wedding Clients
“I have had the privilege of seeing Elaine perform in person many times…in fact, she was our singer at our wedding. Elaine is simply wonderful! She has an amazing voice. If you like jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, or Nat King Cole, you will love Elaine!” October 2004


Marci L. Sahinoglu – Wedding Client
“My mother and I first saw Elaine Dame singing folk covers at a local club. Needless to say we had a lovely time because the very next day I went about booking Elaine for my wedding. Beginning with my first interaction with Elaine, I was continually impressed by her warmth and professionalism. But most of all I was absolutely blown away by her talent. Hearing her sing is such a joy – her voice is clear and strong and beautiful. And making beautiful music appears effortless for Elaine. She sounds equally wonderful covering folk ballads as she does performing jazz classics as she did at our wedding. I know that our wedding was a delight due largely in part to the ambiance that Elaine helped create. Booking Elaine Dame for my wedding was honestly one of the smartest decisions I made and certainly the best investment. Years from now my husband and I may not remember the food we served or the flowers on the table, but I am sure that the memory of walking down the aisle to Elaine singing “Over the Rainbow” will stay with us. Thank you, Elaine, for making our wedding so beautiful and memorable.” July 2004


Michael Allen Cunningham – Nightclub Client
“I used to work regularly with Elaine on Rush Street in Chicago. I was the music director at a nightclub now closed called Luciano’s and would book Elaine for a few nights every month. I booked her in rotation because not only was Elaine very professional & friendly & funny, but she sang with great emotion & energy. We worked together for a couple of years in 2004-2006 and all during this time Elaine was a joy to work with. There’s some songs in her book that she sings better than anyone I know.” 2004-2006, Cafe Luciano, Chicago, IL


Christi and Massimo Gaido – Wedding Clients
“Elaine Dame is outstanding! She set the perfect mood for our wedding – from the background music during hor-d’oeuvres to dancing after dinner. The music was fantastic and we received many compliments from our guests. I would recommend Elaine to anybody looking to add a level of class and elegance to their wedding.” May 2003

 

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