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.