"Intelligent, versatile young alto vocalist plays at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago on Fridays & Saturdays from 8:30pm 'till midnight. Her voice and technique are superb and her interpretations of tunes -- while usually in the classic vein -- are almost always interesting."
~ Center Stage Chicago
“This level of musical imagination, tonal control and interpretive savvy rarely meet in the work of a single artist.”
~ Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune
Stephanie Browning made a name for herself as the Artist-in-residence at the world renowned Gold Star Sardine Bar, a listening room reminiscent of Paris in the ‘30s. The venue was an international gem and captivated audiences assisted Stephanie in honing her improvisational skills and soulful voice.
Browning has also performed on the Saga Records Swedish Concert Tour with saxophonist Johan Stengård. She has done a Japanese Tour with guitarist Akio Sasajima highlighted by a concert in Sapporo’s historic clock tower and also several performances in Tokyo with bassist Stan Gilbert. Other performances include twice headlining at the Yellowstone Jazz Festival, A Tour of the Rockies with drummer Ronnie Bedford and Jazz Hall of Fame bassist Bob Magnusson, an extended run at the exclusive Champagne Bar in Hong Kong and also a Scandinavian Holiday Tour.
In additon Browning recently finished a seven year residency at the world famous Peninsula Hotel in Chicago where she performed Saturday nights to packed houses.
Stephanie combines classic jazz standards with contemporary songs that create an atmosphere of excitement and class. Songs made famous by Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Carmen McCray, Bette Carter and many others are all part of Browning’s repertoire. In addition Stephanie can perform R&B and pop tunes which allows her to mix a few classic songs like “Let’s Stay Together” and “Mustang Sally” into her sets. She creates and exciting atmosphere for dancing, dining and conversation.
Whether rendering a ballad or cutting loose on a big band swing tune, Dan Ferris will create the right muscial atmosphere for your event.. Although he usually performs with a jazz trio or quartet, he is available as a solo vocalist, with piano/vocal, or can put together a larger ensemble to fit the occasion. Vocally versant in several styles, for the past several years he has focused nearly exclusively on jazz and the "Great American Songbook."
Frank D'Rone's great voice, musicianship and commanding stage presence, along with his ability to master the interpretation of a song lyric, lend themselves to any entertainment atmosphere and make it easy to understand why he became a recurring guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and was requested by Frank Sinatra to appear in the lounge whenever "The Chairman" was performing in the show rooms of the Las Vegas and Atlantic City venues.
"A singer with an individual sound that invites no comparisons; a singer who can seemingly sustain a note forever; one of the few singers who can change a mood of a room from song to song by moving from one emotion to another naturally. He holds an audience. Nat "King" Cole
"Frank D'Rone is one of the few finer singers and performers around and creates great vibes with his audiences." Leonard Feather, Downbeat
"A seasoned singer for all seasons. Few equal D'Rone's mix of voice, guitar. The superb jazz improviser somehow manages to combine the best of two worlds: a warm baritone that adeptly expresses melodic nuances and a fluid guitar technique that operates exclusively at the virtuoso level." Howard Reich, the Chicago Tribune
"He is a superbly swinging guitarist and with the presence of the guitar in his hands becomes a jazz singer with a driving exuberance. New York Times
"Frank D'Rone has every celebrity in town beating a path to hear him." Irv Kupcinet, Chicago Sun Times
"D'Rone has been a 'singer's singer' who has drawn praise and support from such royalty as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett." Chicago Sun Times
Chicago vocalist Frank Lamphere performs "Rat Pack Jazz" the songs of the great pop and jazz singers of the 1950-' 60s. In his 2000+ repertoire he performs songs popularized by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Jack Jones, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Harry Connick Jr, and many others. Frank's CD Ain't Love A Kick - The Unforgettable Songs of Sammy Cahn recorded with his quartet in 2002 is "a memorable listening adventure" Jazz Review. Rat Pack Jazz is a powerhouse musical experience, not a look-a-like contest! With his ultra smooth, solid baritone and backed by only the finest of Chicago's musicians, Frank Lamphere is creating a new chapter in today's music scene.
I"…I think your voice is terrific!...the quality of your voice is great, you really know how to swing! " - Lloyd Sachs, Jazz Critic, Chicago Sun Times
A classically trained vocalist, Ava has performed jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues in Chicagoland and other U.S. cities, as well as in exotic places such as the Caribbean islands (on a cruise ship), Hawaii, and Ghana, West Africa. A recent career highlight was portraying her idol, Ella Fitzgerald, in the Black Ensemble Theater's critically acclaimed musical "Ella - First Lady of Song".
Alison Ruble is a dynamic performer on the Chicago music scene. In demand as a jazz vocalist, she headlines at the finest venues in the area, including the Green Mill, Andy's Jazz Club, Pops For Champagne, The Ritz-Carlton and Peninsula Hotels, and the Pump Room. With an established reputation for versatility and an enormous vocal range, she performs annually in the Chicago Cultural Center's Jazz Cafe Series, has been showcased on Chicago's NBC Morning Show, ABC News and WGN-TV, and is a regularly featured performer at numerous City of Chicago sponsored events, including Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at Navy Pier and Veteran's Day Memorial services at Soldier Field. On Monday nights, you'll find her at Pops For Champagne, where she appears weekly with pianist Jo Ann Daugherty, and monthly with her trio.
Arlene Bardelle has been dazzling audiences with her tasteful vocal stylings for the past several years. Chicago is her home base, where she works with some of the finest musicians in town. She performs every Fridays at the Gale Street Inn with Tommy Muellner, Kelly Sill and Tim Davis. Arlene was a mainstay at the famed Coq D'or in the Drake hotel for many years.
Chicago Jazz magazine says "Arlene's command and presence in a room makes you hope that the evening never ends. She really swings!". Arlene's long time accompanist, the renowned jazz pianist Tommy Muellner says, "Some singers just scratch the surface of the great American songbook, but Arlene digs deep into its core. She really swings, and accompanying her is a pleasant dream come true!"
Arlene has always loved the grand old movies of the 30's and 40's, and has accumulated a vast repertoire of the great American standard songbook as a result. To quote pianist Tommy Muellner, "She sings the real melody, and knows her verses and choruses". Arlene sites jazz vocal icon Ella Fitzgerald as a major influence on her singing abilities. Some of Arlene's other significant influences include Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Irene Kral. She also sites Judy Garland as one of her early influences. "I used to have concerts in my parents' garage, and charge the neighbors a quarter" she muses.
Arlene has performed at many top notch Chicago venues such as the Pump Room, the Drake Hotel, Stetson's in the Hyatt, Green Dolphin Street jazz club and Philanders. Arlene also does private gigs such as political fundraiser cruises on Lake Michigan, the Crystal Ballroom at Navy Pier, the Chicago Legal Clinic, and corporate gigs for top Chicago agents.
Arlene has performed with many fine pianists such as Tom Muellner, John Campbell, Jeremy Kahn and Dennis Luxion. She performs with some exceptional bassist as well, including Kelly Sill, Rob Amster (Kurt Elling's bassist), Larry Kohut and Larry Gray (Ramsey Lewis' bassist). She works with many fine drummers, including Tim Davis, Phil Gratteau and Rusty Jones (of George Shearing fame). She has also performed with the great multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan, saxophonists Eric Schneider and Ron Dewar, as well as trumpeter Art Davis.
Her latest recording "Blue Gardenia" will be available in the near future. It was recorded in Feb. 2006 at the famed CRC studios in Chicago. It's an exceptional recording with arrangements by Tommy Muellner. Her all-star Chicago band includes pianist Tommy Muellner, bassist Eric Hochberg, drummer Rusty Jones, saxophonist Eric Schneider and trumpeter Art Davis. Brazilian percussionist Geraldo DeOlivera also is on one track.
Arlene has come a long way from singing in her parents' garage!
"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
For the last ten years, Elaine Dame has been performing at the finest venues in Chicago with the city's most sought after musicians. Elaine performs the music by Gershwin, Porter, Rogers and Hart and many more. Elaine works with some of Chicago's top musicians and is perfect for adding excitement and elegance to any event. Perfect for corporate events, wedding cocktail hours and private engagements.
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