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Elaine Dame: Comes Love

About four bars into the opening track of Elaine Dame’s Comes Love I suspected she hailed from the Midwest. Blessed with such purity of sound that clarions could take lessons, Dame expresses the same wide-open honesty-sunny as a Kansas cornfield, sturdy as the Chicago skyline-at the heart of Doris Day, Ann Hampton Callaway and so many other of the region’s finest. Indeed, the classically trained Dame was raised in Michigan and, after a fruitless decade in L.A. pursuing an acting career, settled in Chicago to focus on a Callawayesque hybrid of jazz and cabaret.

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