Elaine Dame


“Dame has risen to the top ranks of Chicago jazz singers, with a musicality that allows her to improvise things most singers shouldn't even try. She possesses everything one could want in a true jazz vocalist: centered intonation, an enviable command of rhythm, and a translucent but powerful instrument.” ~ Neil Tesser, Grammy award-winning critic and Author, The Playboy Guide to Jazz

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“Elaine Dame sings standards with old-school insouciance, bringing plenty of rhythmic oomph to the swing she generates with her band (pianist Dennis Luxion, bassist Jake Vinsel, drummer Jon Dietemyer, and guitarist Andy Brown). But her devotion to classic jazz aesthetics doesn’t prevent her from mining gold from more contemporary sources—she makes agile vehicles of songs by the likes of Richard Thompson and Joni Mitchell.” ~Peter Margasak ~ The Chicago Reader

“Her new album You’re My Thrill is exactly what you’d expect from a consummate pro here in Chicago. The sidemen are a who’s who of top notch players in town, and the arrangements are refreshingly well thought out

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Chicago, IL

Willing to teach



JAZZ SINGING LESSONS Elaine Dame, professional jazz vocalist and recording artist with fifteen years experience in the industry, is now accepting vocal jazz students in Chicago and the surrounding area. Learn correct breathing and posture, increase your range, endurance and control and learn the fundamentals of theory, phrasing, scatting and interpretation, with an emphasis on individuality, creativity and fun! My vocal instruction rates are extremely reasonable. FROM MY FIRST STUDENT "Thank you very much for having wonderful lessons

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