There are many exciting things happening for this Chicago jazz singer. I recently wrapped up a fall tour performing at venues from coast to coast. In September, I began the tour in South Haven, Michigan, as part of their Smooth Sunset Weekend and my hometown newspaper, The Herald Palladium, wrote a nice piece, what a great way to kick off a tour!
In early October, I headlined a beautiful venue in New York called The Triad Theater and the following weekend, I headlined The Dunsmore Room at Crooner’s Lounge in Minneapolis. Crooner’s was voted Best Jazz Club in the Twin Cities as well as being selected by Downbeat Magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Jazz Clubs.” I spoke to Emily Reese of Jazz88FM Public Radio about my appearance there and was also featured in The Star Tribune as a “Concert of the Week.” Here’s what the music critic, Chris Riemenschneider, had to say: “With her alluring voice and wide repertoire, she entertains with joy and authority.”
My Winter tour will include venues in LA, North Carolina, Detroit, and Michigan…stay tuned for the details!
AND….BIG news! I’m gearing up for my third recording! With the extraordinary arranger and musician Chris Madsen at the helm, this special project will feature unique jazz renderings of our favorite songs from the 70’s with an all-star line-up of notable jazz instrumentalists.
Last April I was honored to have had my recording (along with Tony Bennett and Jazz Phenom Joey Alexander) of Billy Strayhorn’s Something to Live For selected as “Five Strayhorn Covers to Celebrate.”
I was thrilled to kick off an exciting new series as part of the 2017 Chicago Jazz Festival on The Plaza Stage at The Park Grill in Millennium Park. We had a blast performing for the crowd there and NBC, Chicago stopped by to film it – check out the above video!
I headlined an incredible venue in New York City called 54 Below and I’ll be returning with my show “The Lady Lyricists – Queens of Tin Pan Alley.” The show debuted in Chicago to sold-out crowds for The Sunday Salon Series at The Moraine Valley Arts Center. And I debuted a new show called “Holiday G.I Jukebox” at the Wilson Center for the Arts in December of 2017. We had two sold-out engagements there!
Last April, I performed a special concert with members of The Chicago Jazz Orchestra – The CJO All-Star Quartet – in honor of Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday on Tuesday, April 25th at Winter’s Jazz Club. Check out the video below from our last Ella celebration there: Ella 101, celebrating Ella’s 101st birthday with pianist Dan Murphy, bassist Patrick Mulcahy and reed-man Eric Schneider.
Speaking of Winter’s – my trio is in residency there, the first Thursday of every month. If you haven’t experienced a performance in this beautiful listening-room, you’re missing out! Check out the video below from a holiday show at Winter’s last December “We Three Sing – A Winter’s Holiday Celebration” – featuring my pals and incredible jazz singers, Rose Colella and Paul Marinaro.
In September, I headlined the Jazz Performance Series at Merriman’s Playhouse – doing my Ella thing for the folks in and around South Bend, Indiana, my third headlining appearance there.
I continue to perform regularly for Chicago weddings, Chicago corporate events, galas and fundraisers, as well as house concerts and private parties. I’m performing, for the eighth year, for The University of Chicago’s annual concluding banquet for The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy in the beautiful Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. I am also delighted to say that I continue to perform, for ten years running, for the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business Graduation Dinners.
Finally, I’m pleased to announce another monthly residency: Jazz Brunch at Appellation in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, the first Sunday of every month, with celebrated Chicago jazz guitarist Mike Allemana. Bottomless mimosas anyone? Stop by and we’ll clink a cocktail. I hope to see you out and about and thanks for your support!
Every year, I organize and host a musical benefit for a worthy cause. This year’s recipient was Rape Victim Advocates, an organization doing crucial and important work in Chicago. The benefit was held on Sunday, July 29th at Chicago Theater Works. We raised $3500,00! The recipient for 2017 was the Illinois Chapter of Planned Parenthood. Featuring a cavalcade of Chicago jazz musicians, the benefit was presented at Southport and Irving on Sunday, May 7th from 6-10 PM. We raised almost $3000.00 in one night! Thanks to all who participated!
My 2016 musical benefit was for The Chicago Foundation for Women and we raised almost $5000.00! Past fundraisers have included events for The Chicago Women’s Health Center, Jazz for Japan (for the 2013 tsunami victims), and The Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Check out this accolade from Chicago’s own New City. Thanks, New City!
Finally, my sophomore recording You’re My Thrill was released on December 1st, 2014 with a CD release event at the one and only Jazz Showcase on that date. You can buy the recording, listen to audio samples here and check out the video of the CD release party.
Watch my live performance on WGN TV’s “Music Break.”
Read the write-up in Reservoir Media – “Five Strayhorn Covers to Celebrate”
Listen to my interview on Fearless Radio
Read the interview in Windy City Times
Read the review in New City
Read the interview in The Total Scene
Read the write-up from WDCB Jazz Radio
Read the review from Radio One
Read the write-up from ChicagoNow.Com
Read the review from Listen Here Reviews!
Listen to my feature from Neon Jazz – Kansas City, MO -KCXL, 102.9 FM / 1140 AM
View performance dates HERE
“It Might as Well be Spring” with guitarist Aylon Samouha at Cafe Ciao in Chicago:
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Listener-supported public radio in Chicago-land, 90.9fm WDCB. “Her new album You’re My Thrill is exactly what you’d expect from a consummate pro here in Chicago. 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.”
“a clear and powerful voice along with the ability to improvise with subtlety…an excellent scat singer…beautiful tone.”
Chicago Jazz Magazine
“From the start, it was apparent that Dame offered optimism, enthusiasm and joy for both her partners and the jazz standards they played together. This musical attitude was just as appealing as her considerable vocal and flute playing skills. Her intelligent phrasing also proves that she also listens to the lyrics she sings…a resounding musical success.”
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