100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Alyssa Allgood ~ Rose Colella ~ Elaine Dame
Alyssa Allgood - vocals
Rose Colella - vocals
Elaine Dame - vocals
Dan Murphy - piano
Ashley Summers - bass
Chris Baker - drums
Celebrated jazz vocalists Alyssa Allgood, Rose Colella, and Elaine Dame join forces for one night to celebrate the 100th centennial of the great Anita O’Day. A singer whose phrasing, interpretations and unique sound placed her in the top ranks among her contemporaries, O'Day was one of the few vocalists from the big band era who fully mastered the language of bebop and was described as “the toughest, most dramatic and most fiercely swinging of all jazz singers."
O’Day sang in the bands of Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton before branching out as a singer with small groups, including Oscar Peterson, Tadd Dameron, and Marty Paich. She is perhaps best remembered for her famed performance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, a performance which invigorated O'Day's career and was captured for posterity in the film "Jazz on a Summer's Day." Despite a rough-and-tumble, extremely difficult life with intervals of severe drug and alcohol addiction, O'Day not only survived but created a lasting legacy of some of the finest interpretations of jazz standards ever recorded. Allgood, Colella, and Dame will offer their own interpretations of O'Day's well-known songs, including forgotten gems from her repertoire, while still musically acknowledging and holding dear O'Day's influence. The evening will feature a stellar rhythm section with pianist Dan Murphy, bassist Ashley Summers and drummer Chris Baker.
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Fresh off her 2018 US Tour, jazz vocalist Rose Colella has performed from NYC jazz clubs to West Coast hot-spots including LA, San Francisco & Seattle.
Recently featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune & The Chicago Sun-Times, Rose has also received mention in All About Jazz, JAZZIZ, NPR's A Blog Supreme & LA Jazz Scene, describing her as “elegantly tipsy,” “pure seduction,” “cooly coquettish” & “beautiful and inviting." Scott Yanow named "Cocktail" one of the best jazz releases of 2016. Rose currently performs regularly at Chicago's top jazz clubs, including The Jazz Showcase & The Green Mill, alongside the city's finest jazz musicians.
Rose was recently chosen by LIONSGATE Films to present her "LA LA LAND" show during their Blu-Ray DVD release of the film, to two sold-out shows in 2017, and the event was featured in Entertainment Weekly, IMDB, New York Post's Page Six, Chicago Tribune, NBC Chicago, Hollywood Reporter, PARADE Magazine, Time Out Chicago, BroadwayWorld, RedEye & Eater.
Chicago-based jazz vocalist Alyssa Allgood has been described as an artist who “impressively sings, scats and writes original lyrics” (DownBeat Magazine). Her debut album, Out of the Blue, was released in Fall 2016 to wide critical acclaim. It received a 4-star review from DownBeat Magazine and was named a “Best Release of 2016” by seven different publications, including The Huffington Post and All About Jazz and a “Best Debut Release of 2016” by The New York City Jazz Record.
Allgood recently won the first Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition held in Washington D.C. in 2017. Other notable awards include being named a 2016 Jazz Fellow through the Luminarts Cultural Foundation in Chicago and a Top 10 Semifinalist in the 2015 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition; where she competed live in Switzerland for a jury presided by jazz legend Al Jarreau. Allgood actively performs in and around Chicago and has appeared at the 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival, the Green Mill, the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, Winter’s Jazz Club and the Jazz Estate.
She is also an active educator and recently served as a clinician at the 2018 Niles North Vocal Jazz Festival and the 2018 Illinois Wesleyan University Jazz Festival. She currently teaches private lessons and directs the top vocal jazz ensemble at Neuqua Valley High School. Allgood released her sophomore album in Fall 2018 on the Cellar Live record label. The album features her jazz organ quartet playing arrangements of jazz standards, pop classics and original songs.
Chicago-based jazz singer, Elaine Dame, sings and people stop and listen. The woman who Time Out, Chicago calls a “jazz dynamo” and “a gem in the city’s vocal jazz scene” has been turning heads for the past twenty years, a mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene.
From her headlining appearances at New York City’s legendary Rainbow Room and Michael Feinstein’s 54 Below, to her mainstage performances at the 2015 and 2017 Chicago Jazz Festivals, to her appearances at venerable jazz clubs all across the country, Elaine brings her joyful, unique interpretations to vintage vocal gems and modern standards alike.
Neil Tesser, Grammy award-winning jazz critic and author of The Playboy Guide to Jazz said, "Dame has risen to the top ranks of Chicago jazz singers. She possesses all the musicality you could want in a true jazz vocalist: centered intonation, an enviable command of rhythm and a translucent but powerful instrument.” Elaine is currently planning her third studio recording - a special project that will feature extraordinary jazz renderings of her favorite songs from the 70's with an all-star line-up of notable jazz instrumentalists.