- 1. Comes Love-Vocal/Bass Duet
- 2. I Was Doing All Right - Uptempo Swing
- 3. I Want to Be Loved - Bluesy
- 4. Shall We Dance - Jazz Waltz with Trombone
- 5. They Say It's Wonderful - Bossa Nova W/Flute
- 6. The Best is Yet to Come - Medium Swing
- 7. Something to Live For - Bossa Nova W/Guitar
- 8. If I Were a Bell - Uptempo Swing with Flute
- 9. Midnight Sun - Latin with Guitar
- 10. What'll I Do? - Ballad with Violin
Choose Chicago jazz singer, Elaine Dame, and you'll be treated to a festive ambiance of sophistication and elegance. Since 1997, Elaine and her team of top musicians have provided entertainment for hundreds of events. Whether she is performing at New York's legendary Rainbow Room, The Chicago Jazz Festival or for your Chicago wedding or Chicago corporate event, gala or fundraiser, Elaine is committed to providing a superior level of service and musicianship that is unparalleled in the industry.
"Dame has risen to the top ranks of Chicago jazz singers."-NEIL TESSER, AUTHOR, PLAYBOY GUIDE TO JAZZ
"Jazz dynamo Dame continues to be a gem in the city's vocal jazz scene"-TIME OUT CHICAGO
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.
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.
Elaine created a very personal experience for our family. She performed music my parents loved. She was flexible to work around their schedule. Much appreciated her warmth and sensitivity.
Response from Elaine Dame, Chicago Jazz Singer:
Gerriann, thank you for taking the time to write this beautiful testimonial. It was a sincere honor to perform for your parents and the best part for me was hearing that they both enjoyed it. All the best to you, Elaine
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. Wish she could have played all night.
Elaine is great! She helped us book a wonderful guitarist for an event!
Elaine 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.
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!
The evening was great at J Parker Roof top. Chris and Dave came thro' as expected. Thank you Elaine. Kamal
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.
Elaine was an absolutely pleasure to work with from beginning to end. She provided a wonderful musician for our holiday 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!
Elaine was a great help getting me a piano player for our New Year's Party. Kelly, our pianist was so nice and played what ever we wanted. Made the party.
We hired 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 them for any event.
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.
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; "Your The Top" its the best description for Elaine's work - 6 stars across the board.
Elaine, with her guitarist and bassist provided the perfect entertainment for our event! She has an amazing voice and her passion for the music engaged our guests. We look forward to working with Elaine Dame again!
Elaine is very easy to work with. She is super nice and gets back to you right away. We had a saxophone player during our ceremony and he did an excellent job - he even played Here Comes the Bride!
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.
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)
Elaine and group performed at 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 them!
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!
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!
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, keyword, bass, and percussion-- 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.
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! Ken and James, June 2014
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.
Elaine 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 supburb group of musicians.
Elaine was so helpful in making my company's holiday party go off without a hitch. We were working with a small, multi-level 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!
Fabulous afternoon! Our prospects and residents thouroughly enjoyed Elaines 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.
Elaine and two of her colleagues, a guitarist and bassist, played at my husband's and my wedding reception in August. Everything was perfect. The guests all enjoyed the music--everyone from those in their twenties to those in their eighties. Many guests approached to to ask where we found such terrific performers. I can't recommend Elaine Dame enough!
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.
Elaine was very easy to work with. As with any corporate event, we need for our contractors 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 even was a trooper when we asked her to make an announcement. Thanks again Elaine. Will totally contact you when I'm in need of a Jazz Singer!
Elaine and the two musicians who accompanied 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.
I was nervous about hiring a singer site unseen and from the Internet. Elaine reassured me and took initiative to be in frequent contact with me. The singer was more than I could have wished for. Prompt, professional and a beautiful voice and entertainer. I can't wait to use Elaine Dame again under happier circumstances. Thank you
I have hired Elaine for several events over the past year. She always puts on a great show and is very accommodating with our requests. I would recommend her in a heartbeat.
We hired Elaine on numerous occasions and she was the consummate professional. She is hands down one of the best REAL JAZZ singers in Chicago and by being one of the best in Chicago, makes her one of the best singers in the nation.
She always delivers. Elaine knows how to sell a song, communicate and relate to and befriend an audience. And of course the honey like clarity of her voice, her ability to infuse emotion into the lyric and her interpretive skills as an artist make her unique. She has style and presence.
Elaine Dame is Fantastic.
Elaine wasn't our singer (sadly she was booked) but she booked the musicians for our wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center and I couldn't have been happier with the quaility of the music and her wonderful service.
Elaine Dame was nothing short of outstanding for our recent wedding. She gladly incorporated the songs we chose from her playlist with other selections her trio deftly played. Newer was the volume overbearing or intrusive. She even took requests from guests, without cheapening the slickness of her performance. Elaine is adept at incorporating the talents of her band in her performances....never upstaging, but rather, complimenting each other. Beyond her musical prowess, you will be hard pressed to find a more professional musician in the Chicagoland area, in terms of logistics, set up, and coordination 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. Sincerely, Jim
Elaine did a lovely program for us before the library opened on a Sunday.
She took requests from the audience and had a good rapport with those who attended. Her voice is wonderful. I would highly recommend her.
Elaine has the aura of a celebrity entertainer. We were delighted when Elaine was available to perform during cocktail hour at our wedding. She perfomed each song with her own personal style; drawing you into a familiar tune while experiencing it in a new and stimulating way.
We had an outdoor event for 400+ people. The whole evening was so elegant and wonderful with Elaine and her band. Elaine's voice is gorgeous, her sets were so well received and she and the band were very kind to take requests from our crowd. We've had people call us afterwards for her contact information and there is no doubt that we will book her again (if she'll have us!). Thank you!
The Elaine Dame Quartet was the icing on the cake for the surprise party I held in my home. She hired incredible musicians to compliment her phenomenal voice. What a treat to have some of the best jazz musicians in Chicago in my home! In addition to the fine musicianship, the level of professionalism was excellent. I will definitely hire her for future events!
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.
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!
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.
Elaine is such a pleasure to deal with! Cheerful, happy to be there, accommodating in every way. Not to mention her wondeerful talent! I'm looking forward to our next event with Elaine, and I heartily recommend her for any event where an upbeat, sophisticated vibe is needed.
Elaine has amazing talent! She truly knows how to read the room, as a Restaurant Manager I never had to worry about what to expect from Elaine. Her voice captivates you, leaving you wanting more!! Not to mention her warm, caring personality... she is genuinely kind and every guest in the room will know it!
I last saw Elaine Dame at the Cape Cod Room in the Drake Hotel, but I have seen her perform many times. Elaine is always, always a great time. Her voice is sublime, her choice of material is golden, but perhaps best of all is basking in the joy she radiates when she performs.
Elaine also has a way of "reading the room." Depending on her audience and the venue, I have seen her range from sophisticated to bawdy; from elegant to raucous; from emotionally moving to silly.
Elaine Dame has exquisite taste in musicians as well. I've purchased her CD for myself, and enjoyed it so much I have bought more to give to friends and family. Everyone I have brought along with me to one of her performances at Katerina's, Pops for Champagne, or other venues have always enjoyed her performances very much.
I highly recommend her as the consummate professional performer.
I "stumbled across" Elaine performing at Katerina's in Chicago several years ago and was thrilled. She is an incredible vocalist and flautist and brings such passion and competence to her work that it will take your breathe away. She is truly a treasure!
Some friends and I went to see the Elaine Dame Trio at Pops for Champagne and they were amazing! As a trio, they worked really well together, and were clearly having fun creating music together. The stand out, of course, is Elaine Dame herself. She is the consummate professional! Her smile draws you in, but it's her voice that makes you stay. I'm not a professional critic, but I know when someone's got "IT", and trust me, this woman has "IT"! She's the entire package...a natural:-)
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!
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!
I have been following Elaine's career for nearly five years! I first heard Elaine at La Toche and thereafter in many venues including Philander's, The Pump Room, The Coq d'or, Salt Creek Wine Bar, the Crimson Room, Twist, and many more. I have purchased many, many of her CDs, both first and second(!) pressings. I have sent them to friends and family across the globe! Elaine's style and interpretation of Cole Porter is beautiful. Her ease with which she transitions from one song and artist to the next (with a myriad of equally talented muscians!) is a welcome treat in a genre sometimes filled with mediocre talent. Elaine is engaging with her audience, taking requests easily without missing a beat. Her professionalism is tempered with a warm smile and flawless dress. Elaine is a talented vocalist and flautist who's brilliantly clear notes sometimes linger in your ear like the whisper of an old friend. I am proud to endorse and support Elaine and thank her whole-heartily for sharing her gift with us! Bryan O.
I used to work regularly with Elaine on Rush Street in Chicago. I was the music director at a nightclub now closed called Lucianos 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.
We found it so difficult to search and select the perfect jazz vocalist/band for our dinner/dance event in downtown Chicago - until we found Elaine Dame and her quartet. Elaine not only guided through the process and helped define the "playlist", but we even had the chance to experience one of her live performance at the Drake before we booked with her. This really painted a perfect picture of the vibe/atmosphere that Elaine would bring to our event.
The night was a great success and a lot of our guests asked about Elaine's CDs/recordings. We were a bit worried about whether or not our guests (who were a very mixed crowd) would actually get up and dance as the evening progressed, but the dance floor filled up as soon as dinner was finished, and remained busy for the rest of the night.
A good time was had by all :-)
What to Expect
"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!" Jeff Souva and Jim Bennett - Midwest Organizers, Lambda Legal Fundraising Event, September, 2012
"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 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. TRULY A TREAT." Thomas Lipsmeyer, Program Coordinator, August, 2012
Welcome. I’m Elaine Dame, a Chicago-based jazz singer, flautist and band leader. Assisting you every step of the way, I will create a special package and ensemble for your Chicago wedding, Chicago corporate event or private party.
I MAKE IT EASY FOR YOU TO BOOK LIVE JAZZ FOR ANY EVENT BY PROVIDING:
• my press kit and song list of over 400 standards
• flexible pricing packets, including pricing for all sized ensembles
• a helpful list of FAQ’s
• an event organizer document
• a complimentary consultation to discuss the details of your event
• my client testimonials and press
• highly skilled, professional musicians
• video of recent live performances
• proof of liability insurance - a must at many venues!
I WILL DO WHATEVER I CAN TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY THRILLED WITH MY SERVICES!
Hire Chicago jazz singer, Elaine Dame, to perform live, swinging jazz at your next event, you'll be glad you did!
Elaine has been performing in Chicago, the Midwest and the nation for fifteen years, at venerable venues like New York City's Rainbow Room, The Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Andy's Jazz Club, The Drake Hotel and Pops for Champagne, where musical director, W.Craig Cooper, had this to say about her: "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."
MORE PRAISE FOR ELAINE DAME:
"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 - Lisa and Paddy - Wedding Clients, Chicago, The Drake Hotel
"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 - Niti and John Conway - Wedding Clients
"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." Lori Grinell, August, 2011, Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, WI
"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!" Wedding Client, July, 2011, Oak Park, IL
"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." Carina Sokalski and Patrick Kassen - Wedding Clients, June, 2011, The Elmhurst Art Museum
"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!" Beth Bernstein - Owner, SQN Events February, 2011
"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." Jennifer Black - Communications Director, Glenview Public Library, December, 2010
"Blessed with such purity of sound that clarions could take lessons, Dame expresses wide open honesty and her clarity is matched note for note by her imagination"-JAZZ TIMES
"Her joy in the act of singing is obvious throughout the entirety of "Comes Love," 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"-JAZZ IMPROV MAGAZINE
"An artist who truly wants to sing and has dug deep down to do it. Dame's CD is very smooth and stylish. Every track is note perfect and she has an intimate, personal style. Interpretation is clearly her forte, and she delivers the perfect twists and turns on every phrase, swinging from a whisper to a husky wail with confidence and panache"-JAZZ REVIEW
"A clear and powerful voice along with the ability to improvise with subtlety, an excellent scat singer!"-ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"Dame takes songs and puts a unique stamp on them and while the arrangements and their performances are first-rate, it's Dame's vocals that create the most interest. The achingly raw honesty, coupled with her fresh take make "Comes Love" a recommended addition to anyone's jazz library."-GAY CHICAGO MAGAZINE
Additional Booking Notes
Chicago jazz singer and band leader, Elaine Dame, will provide a qualified, professional sound engineer as well as state-of-the art sound equipment and design. All we need is a grounded power source and you can leave the rest up to us! The P.A. will be available for your use at any time for toasts, announcements and presentations (gratis, of course) with our sound engineer on site at all times to assist you. We can also provide a wireless microphone for silent auctions at fundraising events, toasts at weddings and presentations at corporate events
In addition, many of the downtown Chicago venues and hotels require liability insurance. Elaine Dame is fully insured and will provide you with proof of liability insurance at your request.
Upcoming Booked Events
|May 27, 2018 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm||Birthday Party|
Past Booked Events
|May 25, 2018 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm||The Chicago Lighthouse|
|May 24, 2018 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Private Corporate Event|
|May 19, 2018 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Baby Shower|
|May 11, 2018 • 9:30pm - 11:55pm||Cafe Ciao Chicago|
|May 06, 2018 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Jazz Brunch at Appellation|
|May 04, 2018 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's Evanston|
|April 25, 2018 • 7:30pm - 11:00pm||Ella 101 at Winter's Jazz Club|
|April 23, 2018 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm||Birthday Party|
|April 21, 2018 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Brookdale Concert|
|April 14, 2018 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Engagement Party|
|April 11, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Parker's American Restaurant|
|April 08, 2018 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Jazz Brunch at Appellation Restaurant and Wine Bar|
|April 05, 2018 • 7:30pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club Chicago, IL|
|March 23, 2018 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||The London House|
|March 17, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Grad Dinner - UIC Booth School of Business|
|March 08, 2018 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||The London House Hotel|
|March 04, 2018 • 11:30am - 2:30pm||Appellation Restaurant and Wine Bar Jazz Brunch|
|March 01, 2018 • 7:30pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|February 28, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Benefit Concert for Paul Marinaro|
|February 24, 2018 • 5:00pm - 10:00pm||Fundraiser for Aspire Chicago, Palmer House Hilton|
|February 23, 2018 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL|
|February 14, 2018 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Concert, Symphony Residences|
|February 14, 2018 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm||V-day Concert, Resurrection Retirement|
|February 12, 2018 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm||100th Birthday Party, Highland Park, IL|
|February 10, 2018 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||The Jazz Estate, Milwaukee, WI|
|February 08, 2018 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||The London House Hotel|
|February 04, 2018 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Jazz Brunch at Appellation Restaurant and Wine Bar|
|February 01, 2018 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|January 22, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event - 95 Floor, John Hancock Building|
|January 19, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||20 East Restaurant in the Talbott Hotel|
|January 15, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Corporate Event at 360 Hancock, Chicago|
|January 11, 2018 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Bridges Bar in the London House Hotel|
|January 07, 2018 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Appellation Restaurant and Wine Bar - Jazz Brunch|
|January 04, 2018 • 7:30pm - 10:45pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|January 03, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Parker's American Restaurant|
|December 31, 2017 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm||The Mather Residences|
|December 29, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Talbott Hotel|
|December 28, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Cordia Residences|
|December 19, 2017 • 7:30pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club - We Three Sing|
|December 17, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Private Holiday Party|
|December 16, 2017 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Oak Park Caroling with Lola Bard|
|December 15, 2017 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm||Private Holiday Party|
|December 14, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||London House Hotel, Chicago|
|December 12, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||The Clare Residences, Chicago|
|December 10, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Lincoln Park Zoo - Charlie Brown Concert|
|December 09, 2017 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||UIC Booth School Grad Dinner - Chicago|
|December 08, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Corporate Event at BLVD, Chicago|
|December 07, 2017 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Holiday GI Jukebox, Wilson Center, WI|
|December 06, 2017 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Holiday GI Jukebox - Wilson Center, WI|
|December 05, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Three Crowns Park, Evanston, IL|
|December 03, 2017 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Jazz Brunch Appellation Restaurant|
|November 17, 2017 • 9:30pm - 11:30pm||Cafe Ciao Lounge and Wine Bar|
|November 16, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||The London House Hotel, Bridges Bar Lobby|
|November 15, 2017 • 7:30pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|November 12, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event/Hyatt Regency, Chicago|
|November 05, 2017 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Jazz Brunch Appellation Restaurant and Wine Bar|
|November 04, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston|
|November 03, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston|
|November 02, 2017 • 7:30pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|November 01, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||The London House Hotel|
|October 20, 2017 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Concert at Grandbrier Retirement Center|
|October 12, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Bridges Bar/London House Hotel, Chicago|
|October 07, 2017 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding at UIC Quadrangle Club|
|October 04, 2017 • 7:30pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|October 01, 2017 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Jazz Brunch Appellation Restaurant and Wine Bar|
|September 28, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||London House Hotel/Chicago|
|September 27, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Parker's American, Downers Grove/IL|
|September 16, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Merriman's Playhouse/South Bend, IN|
|September 14, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Private Event 850 N. Lakeshore Dr/Chicago|
|September 09, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's|
|September 08, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's|
|September 07, 2017 • 7:30pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|September 03, 2017 • 11:00am - 2:00pm||Jazz Brunch at Appellation Restaurant/Bar|
|August 31, 2017 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||The 2017 Chicago Jazz Festival|
|August 28, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||The Merit Club|
|August 26, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Grad Dinner - Booth School of Business|
|August 25, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Concert at Three Crowns Park|
|August 25, 2017 • 12:10pm - 1:00pm||Music by the Fountain - The Elaine Dame Duo|
|August 19, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||50th B-day party - Riva Restaurant|
|August 15, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||S.I.S.E. Dinner with UIC - Navy Pier|
|August 13, 2017 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||Fundraiser West Suburban Temple Har Zion|
|August 10, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||The London House|
|August 06, 2017 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Appellation Restaurant and Wine Bar|
|August 03, 2017 • 7:30pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|July 29, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Birthday Party|
|July 22, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:30pm||Guest Vocalist with The Shout Section Big Band|
|July 14, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||The London House|
|July 13, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||The London House|
|July 12, 2017 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Concert with The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic|
|July 07, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Rehearsal Dinner, St. Joseph, MI|
|July 06, 2017 • 7:30pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|July 02, 2017 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Jazz Brunch at Appellation Restaurant and Wine Bar|
|June 24, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||The Merit Club|
|June 17, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||The London House|
|June 16, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||The London House|
|June 15, 2017 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm||Highland Park Senior Center Concert|
|June 14, 2017 • 4:30pm - 7:00pm||Private House Party in Chicago|
|June 04, 2017 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Jazz Brunch - Appellation Wine Bar|
|June 03, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Corporate Event - Booth School, UIC|
|June 01, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|May 30, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Pete Miller's Steakhouse|
|May 25, 2017 • 5:30pm - 8:00pm||Private Corporate Event - 20's themed|
|May 23, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Pete Miller's Steakhouse|
|May 21, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Lux Bar Private Event|
|May 17, 2017 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Jazz Workshop - Chicago Academy for the Arts|
|May 16, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Pete Miller's Steakhouse|
|May 14, 2017 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Mother's Day Jazz Brunch - Appellation|
|May 10, 2017 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm||Mainstreamers Concert|
|May 09, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Pete Miller's Steakhouse|
|May 07, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Benefit for Planned Parenthood|
|May 03, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Parker's American Restaurant|
|May 02, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Pete Miller's Steakhouse|
|April 29, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||The London House|
|April 28, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||The London House|
|April 25, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|April 18, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Pete Miller's|
|April 16, 2017 • 11:00am - 2:00pm||Saddle and Cycle Club|
|April 14, 2017 • 9:30pm - 11:55pm||Cafe Ciao|
|April 13, 2017 • 11:30am - 1:30pm||Victory Centre Concert|
|April 11, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Pete Miller's|
|April 06, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|April 04, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Pete Miller's|
|April 02, 2017 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Jazz Brunch at Appellation|
|March 28, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston|
|March 24, 2017 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm||Three Crowns Park Concert|
|March 21, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston|
|March 18, 2017 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Booth School of UIC Grad Dinner|
|March 14, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston|
|March 11, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||Bridges Bar at The London House|
|March 10, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||Bridges Bar at The London House|
|March 07, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston|
|March 05, 2017 • 11:30am - 2:00pm||Jazz Brunch at Appellation|
|March 04, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston|
|March 03, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston|
|March 02, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|February 27, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||CD Release at City Winery w/Jeannie Tanner|
|February 25, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding at Bridgeport Art Center|
|February 20, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event with HMR Designs|
|February 19, 2017 • 10:00am - 1:00pm||50th Birthday Brunch, Joliet Country Club|
|February 18, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||The London House Hotel|
|February 14, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Turner Center Jazz Orchestra, Des Moines, IA|
|February 08, 2017 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Concert at the Mather, Evanston, IL|
|February 05, 2017 • 11:30am - 1:30pm||Jazz Brunch at Appellation|
|February 02, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|December 31, 2016 • 5:00pm - 7:30pm||Wedding at Nico Osteria|
|December 29, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|December 23, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's|
|December 21, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Parker's American|
|December 18, 2016 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Private Holiday Party|
|December 17, 2016 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||The London House Hotel|
|December 16, 2016 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Cordia Senior Residence Concert|
|December 15, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|December 14, 2016 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Holiday Party - OBGYN UIC|
|December 10, 2016 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||The London House Hotel|
|December 09, 2016 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||The London House Hotel|
|December 07, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|December 04, 2016 • 11:30am - 1:30pm||Jazz Brunch at Appellation|
|December 03, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Grad Dinner, Booth School, UIC|
|December 02, 2016 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Holiday Event - NWU Kellog|
|December 01, 2016 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Winter's Jazz Club|
|October 30, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Chicago Prime Timers Event|
|October 29, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||The London House|
|October 25, 2016 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Tyler Creek Concert|
|October 22, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Hotel Sofitel|
|October 21, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Noce Jazz Club, Des Moines, IO|
|October 19, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Friendship Village Concert, Chicago|
|October 13, 2016 • 8:00am - 8:00pm||Commercial Shoot/Indiana Lottery|
|October 12, 2016 • 8:00am - 8:00pm||Commercial Shoot/Indiana Lottery|
|October 09, 2016 • 11:30am - 1:30pm||Jazz Brunch at Appellation, Chicago|
|October 07, 2016 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Fundraiser Automotive Mentoring|
|October 06, 2016 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm||Mather Lifeways Concert|
|September 25, 2016 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Highland Park Library Concert|
|September 24, 2016–September 25, 2016 • 8:00pm - 12:00am||Wedding at Journeyman Distilleries|
|September 18, 2016 • 2:00pm - 7:15pm||Concert at Moraine Valley FPAA|
|September 17, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Southport and Irving|
|September 14, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Parker's American Restaurant|
|September 11, 2016 • 11:30am - 1:30pm||Jazz Brunch at Appellation|
|September 04, 2016 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||90th Birthday Party|
|August 24, 2016 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||The Vault Lounge at The Bedford|
|August 12, 2016 • 8:30pm - 11:30pm||Southport and Irving|
|August 10, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||UIC Banquet at Navy Pier|
|August 06, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston|
|August 05, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston|
|July 29, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's Wheeling|
|July 29, 2016 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm||Three Crowns Park Concert|
|July 27, 2016 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||The Vault Lounge at The Bedford|
|July 22, 2016 • 8:30pm - 11:30pm||Southport and Irving|
|July 20, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event for Suit Supply|
|July 14, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Baby Shower at Phoenix Restaurant|
|July 08, 2016 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Concert "Music by the Fountain"|
|July 02, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pete Miller's Wheeling|
|June 26, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Anniversary Party for VFW in Michigan City, IN|
|June 25, 2016–June 26, 2016 • 8:00pm - 12:00am||Wedding at the Peninsula Hotel, Chicago|
|June 18, 2016–June 19, 2016 • 7:00pm - 12:00am||Noce Jazz Club - Des Moinie, IA|
|June 16, 2016 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm||Concert at The Mather|
|June 15, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Parker's American Restaurant|
|June 13, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event for Victor Textiles at MCA|
|June 11, 2016 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Ottawa/2 Rivers Jazz Festival|
|June 05, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Fundraiser for CFW|
|June 04, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Graduation Dinner for UIC's Booth School|
|April 29, 2016–April 30, 2016 • 9:00pm - 12:30am||Cafe Ciao - vocal/guitar jazz duo|
|April 27, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Parker's Restaurant|
|April 21, 2016 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm||Concert at The Mather|
|April 20, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Parker's Restaurant - Downer's Grove|
|April 16, 2016 • 8:30pm - 11:30pm||Southport and Irving|
|April 14, 2016 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||Live at The Whiskey Lounge|
|April 13, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Corporate Event with The Shout Section Big Band|
|April 06, 2016 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Parker's Restaurant - Downer's Grove|
|April 01, 2016 • 8:00pm - 11:55pm||The 720 Lounge|
|March 25, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||720 Lounge in the Hilton Hotel|
|March 19, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Southport and Irving, 8-11 pm|
|March 17, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Highland Park Community Center Concert, 2-3 pm|
|March 15, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Catch 35, 6-9 pm|
|March 12, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Graduation dinner for the Booth School of Business|
|March 10, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Chicago Yacht Club, 6-9 pm|
|March 05, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Brookdale Community Center Concert, 7:30-8:30 pm|
|March 04, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||720 Lounge in the Hilton 8-midnight|
|January 30, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Southport and Irving|
|January 29, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||720 Lounge at the Hilton|
|January 23, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston|
|January 22, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Pete Miller's Evanston|
|December 31, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||St. Charles Place Steakhouse|
|December 20, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Private Holiday Party|
|December 19, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Private Holiday Party|
|December 18, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Retirement Home Concert|
|December 16, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Holiday Party - UIC's OBGYN Dept.|
|December 14, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Concert at the Clare, Chicago|
|December 13, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Cordia Senior Center Concert|
|December 12, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding, Chicago|
|December 10, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Chicago Yacht Club|
|December 08, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Catch 35, Chicago|
|December 05, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Booth School of Business Graduation Dinner|
|December 04, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston|
|December 03, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Southport and Irving|
|December 02, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Holiday party Kellogg School of Business|
|November 30, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event - Everest Chicago|
|November 20, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Private B-day Party - Racquet Club|
|November 19, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Whiskey Lounge|
|November 13, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Racquet Club|
|November 12, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Chicago Yacht Club|
|November 06, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||720 Lounge Hilton Chicago|
|November 05, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Southport and Irving, Chicago|
|September 25, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||720 Lounge, The Hilton, Chicago|
|September 24, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Southport and Irving, Chicago|
|September 20, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Private Corporate Event|
|September 17, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Southport and Irving, Chicago|
|September 15, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Clare Retirement Center|
|September 12, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL|
|September 06, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Chicago Jazz Festival|
|September 04, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||720 Lounge in the Hilton, Chicago|
|September 03, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Southport and Irving, Chicago|
Chicago jazz singer and band leader, Elaine Dame, has a song list/ repertoire of over 400 jazz standards, from the classic, "At Last" to the Cole Porter standard "You'd be So Nice to Come Home To." Elaine will take any request at any time! In addition, she will happily learn a special tune or create a special performance, such as highlighting the work of a specific composer. Elaine has hundreds of delighted clients and takes pride in providing superior musicianship and exceptional client service. Please visit her website for additional client testimonials, video, audio and complete song list.
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|Jazz Combos Tailored Specifically to Your Event||Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintet, Septet|
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ALL THE GREAT JAZZ VOCALISTS OF OUR TIME!: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Holiday, Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Anita O'Day, Mel Torme, Johnny Hartman, Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington, Betty Carter, Blossom Dearie, Diana Krall, Diane Reeves, Astrud Gilberto, Karrin Alyson, Stacy Kent, Shirly Horn, Etta James, Etta Jones...
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“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.”
“Elaine is a lovely, charming, funny, professional singer and band leader. I would and have recommended her to many clients and always hear back nothing but glowing accounts of her work.”
"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!"
"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!" - Heather is also a wedding planner at Heather Ever Present.
“Elaine is easy to work with and truly understands customer needs requirements. She provides a high-quality service at a very reasonable price and we would definitely work with her again and recommend her unconditionally.”
“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 Valentines Day. Elaine is top tier all the way.”
“My huband and I hired Elaine Dame to sing at our wedding reception. Elaine has a beautiful voice, possess 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.”
“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 muscians she performs with are equally as talented and enjoyable as well.”
“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!”
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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 for your event!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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!!"
"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."
"Elaine was a delight to work with. Very talented and a joy to meet. I would highly recommend her!
"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 DEFINATELY recommend her to anyone. Thanks so much!"
"When planning a rather large scale Christmas/Holiday party last year, we knew we wanted live music to compliment 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."
"It is the good fortune that we selected Elaine Dame to perform at our recent anniversary celebration. Her musical selections were fitting for the occasion and we thought she was just the touch of class we wanted for this special event. Elaine Dame delivered!"
"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."
"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!”
"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!"
I have had the privledge of seeing Elaine perform in person many times, in fact, she was the singer at our wedding. Elaine is simply wonderful! She has an amazing voice. If you like jazz, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, or Nat King Cole, you will love Elaine!
Elaine's trio has been performing at my restaurant for over a year now. Her music is highly enjoyable, sophisticated and lively and really enhances the guests experience! She knows just how to read a room and my guests can still converse and enjoy their dining experience. Plus, her and her musicians are always stylish and professional.
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.
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 to 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!
I booked Elaine for a high profile corporate 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 a venue yet Elaine and her 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. She is easy to work with, always professional and really listens to the clients needs from the 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.
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 ambience 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.
Elaine Dame is outstanding! She set the perfect mood for our wedding, from the background music during hors-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.