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Eade, Dominique (Frances)

Eade, Dominique (Frances), singer; b. Ruislip, England, 16 June 1958. Her father was American and in the Air Force and her mother was Swiss. Dominique was never a citizen of the UK, considering Omaha her main hometown.  Because her father was a career Air Force officer (General George James Eade), she moved a lot:  lived in England less than a year; Shreveport, Louisiana; Ft. Worth, TX; Omaha, NB; Alexandria, VA; Stuttgart Germany for three years of high school.  Attended Vassar two years (played in first jazz band there ca. 1976-77, a group called Naima, with Drew Zingg [recently Steely Dan guitarist] and Joe McPhee [HatHut/Art avant garde saxophonist, etc.]), to Berklee for three semesters, finally graduated from New England Conservatory's Third Stream Department (chaired by Ran Blake).

Since 1984, Eade has been on the faculty of New England Conservatory, where she teaches voice, composition and improvisation.  In the 1994 Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition, three of the eleven finalists, including the winner, were her students.  After a six-year stay in New York City, Eade returned in 1996 to the Boston area, where she currently resides with husband, saxophonist Allan Chase, and son, Julian.

Eade has been a featured vocalist and composer in festivals including the Toulon Jazz Festival in France, the Molde International Jazz Festival in Norway, The Knitting Factory's "What is Jazz?" Festival, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Litchfield Jazz Festival and many Boston Globe Jazz Festivals.  In 1994 she was an artist-in-residence at the Wichita Jazz Festival and she has performed throughout the United States and Europe.  She has been nominated five times for Best Jazz Vocalist in the Boston Music Awards and was voted Best Jazz Vocalist in 1996.  Entertainment Weekly named Eade Best Jazz Singer in their article on up-and-coming artists of 1996.  Eade was nominated Best Debut Artist by the 1998 First Annual Jazz Awards in NYC, and was nominated for Best Jazz Singer, Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, in the 1998 Downbeat Critics Poll.

Eade's RCA Victor debut CD, When the Wind Was Cool (RCA Victor CD 09026 68858-2), was voted one of the Top Ten CD's of 1997 by Jazz Times, Jazziz, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and the Boston Phoenix. Her debut CD, The Ruby and the Pearl (Accurate Records CD 3924), featuring Stanley Cowell and Alan Dawson, won critical acclaim from Billboard, Jazz Times, The Boston Phoenix, CD Review, Jazz Hot, Jazziz, and many other journals in the United States.  Critics for Cadence Magazine selected The Ruby and the Pearl as one of the ten best jazz recordings of 1991.  Nationwide airplay helped to make her debut recording one of the best selling CDs on the Accurate label. Her second release, My Resistance is Low (Accurate 3925), featured longtime collaborator, pianist Bruce Barth, along with bassist George Mraz and drummer Lewis Nash.  It was voted one of the Top Ten jazz releases of 1995 by Billboard Magazine, #1 Jazz Vocal Record of 1995 by Ann Arbor News, and received four stars from Down Beat.

Eade has also performed extensively with pianist Ran Blake in duo performances and as a member of the Ran Blake Quintet with Ricky Ford.  She co-led a group for several years with guitarist Mick Goodrick and led her own trio with pianist Donald Brown.  She has also performed with Bill Frisell, Cecil McBee, Gene Bertoncini, Bill Pierce, Peter Leitch, Billy Drummond, Larry Goldings, and Bob Moses, and works frequently with pianist Fred Hersch. 
As a featured soloist, Eade has performed with Butch Morris, Anthony Braxton, Orange Then Blue, the Either/Orchestra, Marimolin, Boston Musica Viva, Composers in Red Sneakers, and the Jazz Composers' Alliance.

Bret Primack: HearSay, Dominique Eade, in: Jazz Times, 27/10 (Dec.1997)
Michael Bourne: Tradin' Fours. A Breathy Coolness, in: Down Beat, 65/1 (Jan.1998)

Contact information:
Dominique Eade
40 Freeman St.
Newton MA 02466
home (617)964-0823
home fax (617)244-8642

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