Elaine Dame, Chicago Jazz Singer

Why book Elaine Dame, Chicago Jazz Singer?

Hire Chicago jazz singer, Elaine Dame, and you'll be treated to a festive ambiance of urban sophistication and elegance. Since 1997, Elaine and her team of top musicians have provided entertainment for hundreds of events. Whether she is performing for a Chicago wedding or Chicago corporate event, 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

"A winning stage presence and chameleon-like vocal flexibility"-THE CHICAGO READER

"Jazz dynamo Dame continues to be a gem in the city's vocal jazz scene"-TIME OUT CHICAGO

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Fantastic performance at wedding reception

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!

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Reviewer: Katharine S.
Event: Wedding Reception in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Aug 24, 2013
Hired As: Jazz Singer, Jazz Band, Jazz Guitarist

Elaine Dame is Fantastic!!

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.

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Reviewer: John G.
Organization: Focus
Event: Concert Venue in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Mar 9, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Singer, Jazz Band

Excellent performance

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.

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Reviewer: Kate N.
Organization: Schaumburg Township District Library
Event: Public Event in Schaumburg, IL
Event Date: Jan 20, 2014
Hired As: Jazz Singer, Jazz Guitarist

Elaine was amazing to work with!

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.

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Reviewer: Gidget f.
Organization: Illinois Department on Aging
Event: Convention in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Dec 11, 2013
Hired As: Jazz Guitarist

Awesome!

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!

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Reviewer: Gerry
Event: Holiday Party in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Dec 12, 2013
Hired As: Jazz Singer, 1920s Era Entertainment, Jazz Band

Holiday Senior Living Event at Villa St. Benedict

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.

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Reviewer: Kay h.
Organization: Villa St. Benedict
Event: Holiday Party in Lisle, IL
Event Date: Dec 5, 2013
Hired As: Jazz Singer

The only Singer to Consider

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.

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Reviewer: Christian L.
Event: Wedding Reception in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Aug 10, 2013
Hired As: Jazz Singer

Very pleased

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!

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Reviewer: Cyndi G.
Organization: BMO Harris Bank
Event: Corporate Event in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Jun 19, 2013
Hired As: Jazz Singer, Jazz Guitarist

Excellent Performance!

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.

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Reviewer: Deb
Event: Corporate Event in Minneapolis, MN
Event Date: May 6, 2013
Hired As: Jazz Singer

Needed a vocalist for a funeral service

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

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Reviewer: Vicki A.
Event: Funeral Service in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Mar 22, 2013
Hired As: Jazz Singer

A great addition to any event!

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.

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Reviewer: Holly S.
Organization: University of Chicago
Event: Awards Night in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Dec 8, 2012

Fabulous Service!

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.

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Reviewer: Shaheen H.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Sep 2, 2012
Hired As: Jazz Band

A Top Shelf Experience!

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

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Reviewer: James P.
Event: Wedding Reception in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Sep 22, 2012
Hired As: Jazz Band

Lovely Event

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.

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Reviewer: Kristin C.
Event: Other in Winnetka, IL
Event Date: Jul 22, 2012
Hired As: Jazz Singer

Star quality entertainer

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.

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Reviewer: John a. N. C.
Event: Wedding Reception in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Sep 10, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Singer, Jazz Band

Elaine Dame made our event perfect!

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!

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Reviewer: Jim B.
Organization: Lambda Legal
Event: Fundraiser in Three Oaks, MI
Event Date: Aug 27, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Singer, Jazz Band

Outstanding Music!

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!

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Reviewer: Jamie B.
Event: Birthday Party in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Sep 17, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Singer

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.

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Reviewer: Thomas L.
Organization: Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, UIC
Event: Awards Night in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Aug 15, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Singer, Jazz Band, Jazz Pianist

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!

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Reviewer: Tracy A.
Event: Wedding Reception in Oak Park, IL
Event Date: Aug 13, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Singer, Jazz Guitarist

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.

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Reviewer: Lori G.
Organization: Monroe Arts Center
Event: Concert Venue in Monroe, WI
Event Date: Aug 6, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Singer, 1930s Era Entertainment, 1940s Era Entertainment, Flute Player/Flutist, Jazz Band

Review by Sherry K.

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.

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Reviewer: Sherry K.
Organization: Hafele America Co.
Event: Corporate Event in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Apr 16, 2010
Hired As: Jazz Singer, Flute Player/Flutist, Jazz Band

Review by Beth J.

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!

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Reviewer: Beth J.
Organization: Philander's Restauranat
Event: Bar/Lounge in Oak Park, IL
Event Date: May 2, 2009
Hired As: Jazz Singer, Flute Player/Flutist, Jazz Guitarist, Jazz Pianist

Review by Tom T.

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.

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Reviewer: Tom T.
Event: Club/Nightclub in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Dec 29, 2009

Review by Dee B.

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!

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Reviewer: Dee B.
Event: Restaurant in Wheeling, IL
Event Date: Jan 29, 2010

Review by Mary B. B.

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:-)

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Reviewer: Mary B. B.
Event: Bar/Lounge in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Oct 22, 2009

Review by Richard D.

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!

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Reviewer: Richard D.
Event: Cruise in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Oct 5, 2006
Hired As: Jazz Singer

Review by William W.

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!

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Reviewer: William W.
Event: Birthday Party in Oak Park, IL
Event Date: Feb 22, 2008
Hired As: Jazz Singer, Jazz Guitarist, Jazz Pianist, Saxophone Player

Review by Bryan O.

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.

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Reviewer: Bryan O.
Event: Bar/Lounge in Brookfield, IL
Event Date: Jan 12, 2010

Review by Michael A. C.

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.

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Reviewer: Michael A. C.
Organization: Present Tense Productions, Inc.
Event: Club/Nightclub in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Jun 5, 2005
Hired As: Jazz Singer

Review by Robert J. G.

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 :-)

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Reviewer: Robert J. G.
Organization: 101 Worldwide Inc.
Event: Dinner Dance in Chicago, IL
Event Date: May 13, 2008
Hired As: Jazz Singer, 1920s Era Entertainment, 1930s Era Entertainment, 1940s Era Entertainment, Jazz Band, Jazz Pianist

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 45 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: $300 and up
  • Insurance: $1,000,000
  • Languages: English

Overview

"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

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

04/23/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
04/30/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover

Past Booked Events

04/20/14 Cordia Senior Residence Concert, 3-4 PM
04/16/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
04/13/14 Taverna 750, Chicago, 6:00-9:00 pm, no cover
04/09/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
04/05/14 Corporate Event for UIC, noon-1:30 PM
04/02/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
03/26/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
03/19/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
03/15/14 Corporate Event, 6-9 PM, Chicago
03/12/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
03/09/14 Taverna 750, Chicago, 6:00, no cover
03/07/14 Cafe Ciao, Chicago, 9:30, no cover
03/05/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
02/26/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
02/22/14 Troquet River North, 9-12:30 am
02/19/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
02/14/14 Concert at Presbyterian Homes, 7-8 PM
02/12/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
02/05/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
01/30/14 Troquet French Bistro, no cover, 6-9:30 pm
01/29/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
01/24/14 Cafe Ciao, Chicago, 9:30, no cover
01/22/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
01/20/14 Schaumberg Library Concert, 7-8:30 pm
01/18/14 Troquet French Bistro, no cover, 9-12:30 am
01/15/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
01/08/14 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
12/31/13 St. Charles Place Steakhouse
12/29/13 Hemmingway's Bistro, Oak Park, IL
12/21/13 Private Holiday Party, Chicago
12/18/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm
12/17/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm
12/16/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm
12/14/13 LM Bistro, Chicago - 8-11 pm
12/12/13 Private Holiday Party, Chicago
12/11/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm
12/10/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm
12/09/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm
12/07/13 Corporate Event, The Gleacher Center, Chicago
12/05/13 Lisle Community Center Christmas Concert
12/04/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm
12/03/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm
12/02/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm
11/20/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
11/19/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
11/18/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
11/16/13 LM Bistro, Chicago, 8:00, no cover
11/13/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
11/12/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
11/11/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
11/10/13 Taverna 750, Chicago, 6:00, no cover
11/08/13 Cafe Ciao, Chicago, 9:30, no cover
11/06/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
11/05/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
11/04/13 Macku Signature, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 pm, no cover
09/28/13 LM Bistro, Chicago - 8-11 pm
09/26/13 Corporate Event, United Center, Chicago
09/25/13 Vu Sua Restaurant, Chicago, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
09/13/13 Cafe Ciao Wine Bar, Chicago, 9:30-midnight
09/09/13 Concert at Cordia Retirment Community, 3-4 p.m.
09/07/13 Wedding, Glenview Golf Club
08/26/13 The Cellar Bistro, Wheaton, IL
08/24/13 The Gleacher Center, Corporate Event
08/22/13 Salt Creek Wine Bar, Brookfield, IL
08/16/13 Crystal Gardens, Navy Pier, Corporate Event
08/10/13 Anniversary Party, Peoria, IL
08/03/13 Anniversary Party, Carriage Green Country Club, Darien, IL
08/02/13 Engagement Party, Orso's - Chicago
07/31/13 Vu Sua Restaurant, 6:30-9:30, no cover
07/24/13 Vu Sua Restaurant, 6:30-9:30, no cover
07/19/13 The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan CIty, Indiana, 7-9 PM, EST
07/17/13 Vu Sua Restaurant, 6:30-9:30, no cover
07/10/13 Vu Sua Restaurant, 6:30-9:30, no cover
07/05/13 Wedding, Salvage One, 5-7:30 pm
07/05/13 Cafe Ciao Wine Bar, 9:30-12:00 am
06/30/13 The Elaine Dame Trio in Concert, The Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MI
06/27/13 Salt Creek Wine Bar, Brookfield, IL
06/21/13 Private Birthday Party, Kehoe Designs, Chicago Illuminating Company
06/17/13 The Cellar Bistro, Wheaton, IL
06/13/13 Performing for the Grand Opening of Plum Market, Chicago
06/08/13 Private Corporate Event for The Booth School of Business
06/06/13 Private Corporate Event at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chicago
05/30/13 Salt Creek Wine Bar, Brookfield, IL
05/24/13 Cafe Ciao Wine Bar, 9:30-12:00 am
05/06/13 Corporate Event, The Hyatt Regency, Chicago
05/04/13 Private Birthday Party, Lake Forest, IL
04/30/13 Salt Creek Wine Bar, Brookfield, IL
04/24/13 Hemmingway's Bistro, 6-9 PM, Oak Park, IL
04/22/13 The Cellar Bistro, Wheaton, IL
04/05/13 Cafe Ciao Wine Bar, 9:30-12:00 am
03/28/13 Salt Creek Wine Bar, Brookfield, IL
03/16/13 The Gleacher Center, Corporate Event
03/15/13 Cafe Ciao Wine Bar, 9:30-12:00 am
03/09/13 The Open Door Theater, Oak Park, IL
03/02/13 The Ritz Carlton, Chicago
03/01/13 Pete Miller's, Evanston
02/26/13 Salt Creek Wine Bar, Brookfield, IL
02/25/13 The Cellar Bistro, Wheaton, IL
02/23/13 The Ritz Carlton, Chicago
02/16/13 Private Corporate Event for The Booth School of Business
02/14/13 Affresco Pizzeria and Lounge, 6:30-9:30 PM
02/08/13 V-Day Concert, The North Shore Senior Center
02/01/13 Cafe Ciao, 9:30-12:00 am
01/31/13 Salt Creek Wine Bar, Brookfield, IL
01/26/13 Eddie Merlot's in Lincolnshsire, IL
01/14/13 Photo Shoot with Ozzie Ramsey Photography
01/12/13 Eddie Merlot's in Lincolnshsire, IL
01/11/13 Cafe Ciao, 9:30-12:00 am
01/02/13 Recording Session, 10-3 pm, Hinge Studios, Chicago
12/31/12 St. Charles Steakhouse, New Year's Eve
12/29/12 Eddie Merlot's in Lincolnshsire, IL
12/21/12 Recording Session, 10-3 pm, Steve Yates Studios, Morton Grove, IL
12/16/12 Private Holiday Party, Chicago, IL
12/15/12 Wedding Cocktail Hour, Evanston
12/15/12 Christmas Party, booked guitarist
12/15/12 Eddie Merlot's in Lincolnshsire, IL
12/15/12 Eddie Merlot's in Lincolnshsire, IL
12/15/12 Christmas Party, booked pianist
12/14/12 Corporate Event, Cafe Brauer, Chicago
12/10/12 Recording Session, 10-3 pm, Hinge Studios, Chicago
12/08/12 The Gleacher Center, Corporate Event
12/07/12 Estate Ultra Bar, Corporate Event
12/03/12 Davenport's, Performing for Charity Event
12/01/12 Cocktail Hour, Wilmette
11/24/12 Concert at The Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MI
11/12/12 TV Appearance, "Music Break," ABC Channel 7, 11:45 AM
11/09/12 Eddie Merlot's in Lincolnshsire, IL
11/08/12 Private Corporate Event
11/06/12 Salt Creek Wine Bar, Brookfield, IL
11/03/12 Eddie Merlot's in Lincolnshsire, IL
11/01/12 Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, IL
10/27/12 Wedding, Salvage One
10/22/12 The Cellar Bistro, Wheaton, IL
10/14/12 Pete Miller's, Evanston
10/13/12 Pete Miller's, Evanston
10/12/12 Pete Miller's, Evanston
10/11/12 Pete Miller's, Evanston
10/06/12 Wedding, Chicago Illuminating Co.
09/30/12 Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, IN
09/29/12 The Open Door Theater, Oak Park, IL
09/22/12 Wedding, The Gage, Chicago, IL
09/15/12 Wedding, Chicago Botanical Gardens
09/14/12 Private Party, Oak Park, IL
09/11/12 Salt Creek Wine Bar, Brookfield, IL
09/09/12 Private Party, Chicago, IL
09/02/12 Wedding, Chicago, IL
08/31/12 Clare Oaks, Bartlett, IL
08/27/12 The Cellar Bistro, Wheaton, IL
08/25/12 The Dock, Chicago, IL
08/18/12 TheHotel Intercontinental, Corporate Event
08/16/12 Crystal Gardens, Navy Pier, Chicago
08/15/12 Private Party, Chicago, IL
08/12/12 Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, IN
08/11/12 Il Sogno, Wheaton, IL
08/04/12 Wedding, Lisle, IL
07/22/12 The Winnetka Public Library, 12-1 pm
07/17/12 Salt Creek Wine Bar, 8-11 pm, no cover, www.saltcreekwinebar.com
07/06/12 4th Presbyterian Church, 12-1 pm
06/30/12 Oakbrook Public Library Concert
06/28/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com
06/25/12 The Cellar Bistro, Wheaton, IL
06/23/12 The Livery, Benton Harbor, MI
06/22/12 Sepia Restaurant Bridal Luncheon
06/21/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com
06/16/12 Il Sogno Ristorante, Wheaton, IL
06/14/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com
06/12/12 Chicao Botanical Gardens
06/09/12 Homewood Arts Festival
06/07/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com
06/04/12 The Jazz Showcase, Chicago
06/02/12 Graduation Dinner for UIC's Booth School
05/31/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
05/26/12 Shaw's Crabhouse, Schaumberg, 9-12 PM
05/24/12 Brookfield Jazz Society Concert, 8-10 PM, www.brookfieldjazz.org
05/19/12 The Dragon Room in Sushi House, 8-11 pm, Oak Park
05/17/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
05/13/12 The Saddle and Cycle Club, 11-2 pm, Mother's Day
05/11/12 Wedding, Cocktails/Dinner, Chicago Yacht Club, 7-9 PM
05/10/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
05/03/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
03/29/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
03/23/12 Cafe Ciao, Chicago, 9:30-12 AM
03/22/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
03/16/12 Bulls Pre-game Entertainment, United Center, Chicago
03/15/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
03/10/12 Private Event for UIC
03/09/12 Fundraiser, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, Chicago, IL
03/08/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
03/02/12 Bistro One West, St. Charles, IL, 7:30-10:30 PM, no cover
03/01/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
02/23/12 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
02/14/12 Erwin Cafe, Chicago, IL
02/08/12 Benny's Chophouse, Chicago, IL
02/04/12 The Metropolitan Room, New York, NY
01/31/12 Salt Creek Wine Bar, 7:30-10:30 pm, no cover, www.saltcreekwinebar.com
01/29/12 Pete Miller's, Evanston, 5-9 pm
01/29/12 The Jazz Showcase, 4-5 pm
01/28/12 Pete Miller's, Evanston, 8-12 am
01/27/12 Pete Miller's, Evanston, 8-12 am
01/26/12 Pete Miller's, Evanston, 6-10 pm
01/14/12 The Dragon Room in Sushi House, 8-11 pm, Oak Park
11/12/11 3160 Piano Bar, 9-12 am
11/11/11 Luigi's Piano Bar, Aurora, IL - 8-12 am
11/07/11 The Cellar Bistro, Wheaton, IL - 6:30-9:00 pm
11/06/11 Brunch at Chant Restaurant, 12-3 pm, www.chantchicago.com
11/05/11 3160 Piano Bar, 9-12 am
11/03/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
10/28/11 12 West, 8:30-12:00 am, Chicago
10/27/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
10/22/11 Wedding, The Drake Hotel, Chicago, 6-9 pm
10/20/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
10/17/11 Fundraiser, 7-9 pm, North Pond Cafe, Private
10/17/11 Uncommon Ground Concert, www.uncommonground.com
10/16/11 CCP Gala, www.chicagocabaret.org
10/13/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
10/13/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
10/11/11 Salt Creek Wine Bar, 8-11 pm, no cover, www.saltcreekwinebar.com
10/07/11 The Dragon Room in Sushi House, 8-11 pm, Oak Park
10/06/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
10/02/11 Chant Restaurant, , 12-3 pm, www.chantchicago.com
08/25/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
08/18/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
08/15/11 Katerina's Jazz Club, www.katerinas.com
08/15/11 Corporate Event, Navy Pier's, Crystal Ballroom, Chicago
08/13/11 Private Party, Oak Park, IL
08/11/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
08/08/11 The Cellar Bistro, Wheaton, IL
08/06/11 Concert at The Monroe Arts Center, WI
08/04/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
07/30/11 Wedding, Oak Park Country Club
07/28/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
07/21/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
07/18/11 Katerina's Jazz Club, www.katerinas.com
07/14/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
07/12/11 Salt Creek Wine Bar, 8-11 pm, no cover, www.saltcreekwinebar.com
07/07/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
06/30/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
06/27/11 Taste of Chicago, 5-7:30 pm, Gallo Wine Tent
06/24/11 Francesca's on Chestnut, Chicago, IL
06/24/11 Concert at Three Crowns Park Retirement Center, Evanston, IL 2-3 pm
06/23/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
06/20/11 Katerina's Jazz Club, www.katerinas.com
06/18/11 Wedding, The Elmhurst Art Museum
06/17/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
06/16/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
06/15/11 Birthday Party, Chicago
06/13/11 Hafele America Corporate Event, Chicago
06/11/11 Elate Restaurant in The Hotel Felix, Chicago, 9-12:30 am
06/06/11 The Cellar Bistro, Wheaton, IL
06/03/11 Francesca's on Chestnut, Chicago, IL
06/02/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
05/29/11 Chant Restaurant, www.chantchicago.com
05/26/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
05/19/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
05/17/11 Salt Creek Wine Bar, 8-11 pm, no cover, www.saltcreekwinebar.com
05/16/11 Katerina's Jazz Club, www.katerinas.com
05/12/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
05/09/11 Guest Vocalist with The Tom Muellner Trio, The Serbian Village, 8-11 pm
05/08/11 The Saddle and Cycle Club, 11-2 pm, Mother's Day
05/05/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
05/01/11 Jazz for Japan Benefit at Erwin Cafe, 5-9 pm, www.erwincafe.com
04/28/11 Erwin Cafe, Chicago, IL
04/27/11 Francesca's on Chestnut, Chicago, IL
04/24/11 Chant Restaurant, Chicago, IL
04/21/11 Erwin Cafe, Chicago, IL
04/18/11 Katerina's, Chicago, IL
04/17/11 Gibson's Steakhouse, Chicago, IL
04/14/11 Erwin Cafe, Chicago, IL
04/11/11 The Cellar Bistro, Wheaton, IL
04/09/11 Cafe Zalute, Rosemont, IL
04/08/11 Luigi's Piano Ba r, Aurora, IL
04/07/11 Erwin Cafe, Chicago, IL
02/24/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 5:30-8 pm, no cover
02/21/11 Katerina's Jazz Club, www.katerinas.com
02/17/11 Concert at The Park Ridge Public Library
02/15/11 Salt Creek Wine Bar, 8-11 pm, no cover, www.saltcreekwinebar.com
02/15/11 Salt Creek Wine Bar, www.saltcreekwinebar.com
02/14/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 6:00-9 pm, no cover
02/13/11 Concert at The Prospect Heights Public Library
02/10/11 Modern Love Event at Loft on Lake
02/05/11 Chant Restaurant, www.chantchicago.com
02/03/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com, 5:30-8 pm, no cover
01/31/11 The Cellar Bistro, www.thecellarbistro.com
01/28/11 The SGI-USA Peace Concert Series, www.sgi-usa-chicago.org
01/27/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com
01/21/11 The Walnut Speakeasy, www.thewalnutspeakeasy.com
01/20/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com
01/17/11 Katerina's, www.katerinas.com
01/13/11 Erwin Cafe, www.erwincafe.com
01/11/11 Tuscany Restaurant, www.tuscanychicago.com
01/07/11 Flight 112 Wine Bar, www.flight112wine.com
01/06/11 Chant Restaurant, www.chantchicago.com
11/22/10 The Cellar Bistro, Vocal/Guitar Duo, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
11/18/10 Erwin Restaurant, The Elaine Dame Duo, 5:30-8 pm, no cover
11/15/10 Katerina's Jazz Club, with guitarist, Andy Brown, Chicago, 8-12 am
11/11/10 D.O.C. Wine Bar, 7-10 pm, The Elaine Dame Duo
11/06/10 The Box Factory. St. Joseph, MI, 8-10 pm
11/04/10 Erwin Restaurant, The Elaine Dame Duo, 5:30-8 pm, no cover
10/28/10 Erwin Restaurant, The Elaine Dame Duo, 5:30-8 pm, no cover
10/26/10 Salt Creek Wine Bar, "Chantuese Tuesdays," Brookfield, IL
10/21/10 D.O.C. Wine Bar, 7-10 pm, The Elaine Dame Duo
10/18/10 Katerina's Jazz Club, with guitarist, Andy Brown, Chicago, 8-12 am
10/17/10 Private Corporate Event - AAO, Chicago, Palmer House Hilton
10/14/10 Erwin Restaurant, The Elaine Dame Duo, 5:30-8 pm, no cover
10/11/10 The Cellar Bistro, Vocal/Guitar Duo, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
09/30/10 Erwin Restaurant, The Elaine Dame Duo, 5:30-8 pm, no cover
09/26/10 Lupus Fundraiser, Chicago, IL
09/20/10 Katerina's Jazz Club, with guitarist, Andy Brown, Chicago, 8-12 am
09/19/10 Wedding Bridal Expo - Skokie, IL
09/17/10 Private Corporate Event - Hoffman Estates, Chicago
09/16/10 Erwin Restaurant, The Elaine Dame Duo, 5:30-8 pm, no cover
09/09/10 DOC Winebar, Lombard, IL, 7-10 pm, no cover
09/05/10 The Chicago Jazz Festival, 1:00-2:00 pm
08/27/10 Woodstock Jazz Festival, 9-10 am, no cover
08/26/10 Erwin Restaurant, The Elaine Dame Duo, 5:30-8 pm, no cover
08/24/10 Salt Creek Wine Bar, "Chantuese Tuesdays," Brookfield, IL
08/19/10 DOC Winebar, Lombard, IL, 7-10 pm, no cover
08/16/10 Katerina's Jazz Club, with guitarist, Andy Brown, Chicago, 8-12 am
08/14/10 Chant Restaurant, Hyde Park, Chicago, 9-12 am, no cover, with guitarist, Andy Brown
08/07/10 The Livery, Benton Harbor, MI 8-10pm, $10 cover
08/06/10 Music by the Fountain, First Pres Church on Michigan Avenue, 12-1 pm, free to the public
07/31/10 Private Birthday Party, Lake Geneva, WI,
07/29/10 Erwin Restaurant, The Elaine Dame Duo, 5:30-8 pm, no cover
07/23/10 Private Party, The Boys and Girls Club of America, The Saddle and Cycle Club, Chicago, IL
07/17/10 Affresco, Park Ridge, IL, 6-9 pm, The Elaine Dame Duo
07/09/10 Wedding, Salvatores, Chicago, IL
07/01/10 DOC Winebar, Lombard, IL, 7-10 pm, no cover
06/24/10 Erwin Restaurant, The Elaine Dame Duo, 5:30-8 pm, no cover
06/22/10 Salt Creek Wine Bar, "Chantuese Tuesdays," Brookfield, IL, 8-11 pm
06/21/10 Katerina's Jazz Club, with guitarist, Andy Brown, Chicago, 8-12 am
06/19/10 Affresco, Park Ridge, IL, 6-9 pm, The Elaine Dame Duo
06/17/10 D.O.C. Wine Bar, 7-10 pm, The Elaine Dame Duo
06/14/10 Scarlet Bar, 9-12 am, The Elaine Dame Duo
06/05/10 Daytime Wedding, The Kenilworth Club, Evanston, IL
06/04/10 Wedding, Salvage One, Chicago, IL
05/23/10 National Restaurant Show, McCormick Place
05/18/10 CSO Corporate Appreciate Night, Chicago's Symphony Hall
05/17/10 Katerina's Jazz Club, with guitarist, Andy Brown, Chicago, 8-12 am
05/15/10 Little Bucharest Bistro, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
05/13/10 DOC Winebar, Lombard, IL, 7-10 pm, no cover
05/11/10 M Lounge, 7-10 pm, no cover, Chicago, IL
05/10/10 Beneift for CWHC, Roscoe's Tavern Chicago, IL
05/07/10 Chant Restaurant, Hyde Park, Chicago, 9-12 am, no cover, with guitarist, Andy Brown
05/01/10 Little Bucharest Bistro, 6:30-9 pm, no cover
04/29/10 The Drake Hotel's Coq D'Or Room, 9-1 am, no cover
04/22/10 DOC Winebar, Lombard, IL, 7-10 pm, no cover, with guitarist, Dan Effland
04/19/10 Katerina's Jazz Club, with guitarist, Andy Brown, Chicago, 8-12 am
04/16/10 Private Corporate Event - Hafele, Chicago
04/10/10 Old Town Brasserie, 9-12 am, no cover, with pianist, Dennis Luxion
04/09/10 Villa Verone Ristorante, 7:30-10:30 pm, no cover, with guitarist, Andy Pratt
04/08/10 Westminster Place, Presbyterian Homes, Elder Concert with guitarist, Kyle Asche and bassist, Jim Cox
04/06/10 Salt Creek Wine Bar, "Chantuese Tuesdays," Brookfield, IL, with guitarist, Dan Effland
04/02/10 Chant Restaurant, Hyde Park, Chicago, 9-12 am, no cover, with guitarist, Andy Brown
03/27/10 The Box Factory. St. Joseph, MI
03/25/10 Pops for Champagne, Chicago, IL
03/24/10 Katerina's Jazz Club, Chicago, 7-11 pm
03/19/10 Affresco, Park Ridge, IL
03/18/10 Pops for Champagne, Chicago, IL
03/15/10 Katerina's Jazz Club, with guitarist, Andy Brown, Chicago, 8-12 am
03/13/10 The Drake Hotel's Coq D'Or Room, 9-1 am, no cover
03/11/10 Pops for Champagne, Chicago, IL
03/06/10 Corkscrew Pointe, Mchenry, IL
03/04/10 Pops for Champagne, Chicago, IL
02/26/10 The Drake Hotel's Palm Court, 9:00-12:30 am, Chicago
02/21/10 Concert at The North Shore Senior Center for members and their guests, 2-4 pm
02/19/10 Joplin's Java Jazz Cafe, with pianist, Dennis Luxion and bassist, Joe Policastro, 7:30-10 pm, $8 cover
02/15/10 Katerina's Jazz Club, with guitarist, Andy Brown, Chicago, 8-12 am
02/11/10 DOC Winebar, Lombard, IL, 7-10 pm, no cover
02/10/10 Concert at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
02/04/10 DOC Winebar, Lombard, IL, 7-10 pm, no cover
01/29/10 Tuscany Restaurant, Lombard, IL 7:30-11:30 pm
01/28/10 The Drake Hotel's Coq D'Or Room, 8-12 am
01/23/10 Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, 12-1 pm
01/21/10 The Drake Hotel's Coq D'Or Room, 8-12 am
01/19/10 Salt Creek Wine Bar, "Chantuese Tuesdays," Brookfield, IL
01/19/10 Salt Creek Wine Bar, "Chantuese Tuesdays," Brookfield, IL
01/18/10 Katerina's, Chicago, 8-12 am
01/12/10 Salt Creek Wine Bar, "Chantuese Tuesdays," Brookfield, IL
12/31/09 The St. Charles Place Steakhouse, 9-12 am
12/22/09 The Drake Hotel's Coq D'Or Room, 8-12 am
12/20/09 Private Holiday Party - Lakeshore Drive, Chicago
12/15/09 The Chicago Cultural Center's, "Jazz at Noon" series, 12-1 pm
11/23/09 Katerina's Jazz Club, 8-12 am, $5 cover
11/21/09 The Livery, Benton Harbor, MI, 8-10 am, $8 cover
11/05/09 The Drake Hotel's Coq D'Or, 9-1 am, no cover
10/26/09 Katerina's Jazz Club, 8-12 am, $5 cover
10/23/09 Chicago Bulls Pre-Game Entertainment, 6-7:30 pm
10/18/09 Daytime Wedding at The Ritz Carlton, Chicago, IL
10/17/09 Private event at Kenosha Center, Kenosha, WI
10/13/09 Fundraiser, Springfield, IL for ASCME
10/01/09 Every Thursday in October, Pops for Champagne, 9-12 am, $8 cover, www.popsforchampagne.com
09/26/09 Wedding at The Broadway Cellars, 6-8 pm, Chicago, IL
09/10/09 Every Friday, Viand Restaurant and Bar, 6-9 pm, no cover, 155 E. Ontario, Chicago, www.viandchicago.com
09/08/09 Salt Creek Wine Bar, 7:30-10:30 pm, no cover, Brookfield, IL www.saltcreekwinebar.com
09/07/09 Private concert at Three Crowns Park Retirement Center, 2-3 pm
09/06/09 Chicago Jazz Festival, at The Chicago Jazz Magazine Booth, Performance at 1:20 pm

Elaine Dame, Chicago Jazz Singer

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 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:

"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, 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." -
Thomas Lipsmeyer - Awards Night Client, UIC's Summer Institute of Sustainability and Energy

"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

CD REVIEWS

"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

The team providing the talent:

Elaine Dame

Vocals, Flute

Jazz Combos Tailored Specifically to Your Event

Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintet, Septet

Testimonials

“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.”

– Tom Test - Voice-Over & On-Camera Talent, Voices On Studio

“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.”

– Jim Cox - Professional Musician

"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!"

– Ingrid Mueller - Fundraiser/Charity Event Client - Special Events, Kenosha Achievement 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!" - Heather is also a wedding planner at Heather Ever Present.

– Heather Meibach, Conference Services Manager for The University of Chicago Gleacher Center

“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.”

– Greg O'Neill - Co-owner/Proprietor, Pastoral Wine, Cheese, and Bread

“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.”

– Tom Foley, Owner, The Broadway Cellars - Restaurant Client

“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.”

– Jill Mason Terzakis - Wedding Client

“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.”

– Jill Dolllinger - Sales/Marketing Coordinator, Sony Music Entertainment

“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!”

– Sherry Kaye, Showroom Marketing Director - Hafele Corporation

"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"

– From Rabbi Michael Schorin

"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."

– Kara and Matt Schlagheck - Wedding Clients, Evanston, IL

"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."

– Lindsay Clausen - Wedding Client, Storm Lake, IA

"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!"

– Tina Jacobs - Christmas Party Client

"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."

– Nancy and Ed Segreti - Wedding Clients

"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."

– Reginald Marsh - Jazz Club Client, Owner, M Lounge

"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."

– Kari-Lynn O'Neil - Wedding Client, Milwaukee, WI

"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!"

– Erica Cross-Milovich - Wedding Client, St. Joseph, MI

"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!!"

– David Winner - Community Event Client, President, Lakeview East Citizen's Counil

"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."

– Kristen Krerowicz - Community Event Client, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly

"Elaine was a delight to work with. Very talented and a joy to meet. I would highly recommend her!

– Julie O'Leary - Community Event Client, East Dundee, 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 DEFINATELY recommend her to anyone. Thanks so much!"

– Jason Hall - Private Party Client, Red7Salon, Evanston, IL

"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."

– Tom & Diana Stamborski - Private Party Clients, Christmas 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!"

– Norm Cratty and Mike Podpolucki - Private Party Clients, Anniversary 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."

– Robert G. - Private Party Client, Birthday Party

"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!”

– Christopher Lueking - Private Party Client, Christmas Party, Latham & Watkins, LLP

"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!"

– Scott Fech - Private Party Client, Graduation Party, Valparaiso, IN

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!

– Wedding Testimonial, April and John Gap

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.

– Club Testimonial, Stephanie Izard, Scylla Restaurant

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.

– Club Testimonial, Craig Cooper, Pops for Champagne

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!

– Corporate Testimonial, Anthony Hogan, Event Planner

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.

– Corporate Testimonial, Shannon Broderick, Black Orchid Supper Club

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.

– Wedding Testimonial, Marci L. Sahinoglu

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.

– Wedding Testimonial, Christi and Massimo Gaido

Set List

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.

Influences & Inspiration

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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