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Jazz singer Dima at Yoshi’s SF, Saturday, October 6, 2012



Saturday, October 6, 2012
6:30 to 10pm 
Free admission

Dima  vocals
Grant Levin  piano

Ron Belcher  bass

Singing from the heart with a voice and style reminiscent of the early 50’s, Dima was influenced at an early age by the music that surrounded her as a child: the classic sounds of jazz. She began to develop her style as a jazz singer after studying with Merrill Hoover, a jazz pianist best known for his eloquent accompaniment of vocalists like Ernestine Anderson, Anita O’Day, and Mary Stallings. This rare opportunity set the foundation for her to establish her own unique approach to singing as she fell in love with the jazz standard.

After raising her daughter Aria, she resumed her musical studies and began performing again in the Bay Area. Prior to pursuing a career as a jazz vocalist, under the direction of Joey Blake, Dima sang and performed in a Circle Song Acapella Ensemble, originally created by Bobby McFerrin. This experience put her in touch with that magical, soulful, creative process of improvisation from which all music begins. Known for her command of the lyric, beautiful soothing tone and carefully chosen repertoire, Dima keeps alive the true art of the jazz singer.

Among the highlights of her singing career, Dima worked with trumpeter Al Molina as the featured vocalist in The Chet Baker Project, which ran for one year at the 7 Mile House in Brisbane. In 2009 she performed at the Jazz Festival in Chiapas, MĂ©xico; the Placer Arts Gallery Summer Jazz Series (2010), and the Calistoga Jazz Festival (2008).

Dima has also performed with such musicians as Mike Greensill, Glen Pearson, Larry Vuckovich and Calvin Keys, Eddie Marshall, Ron Belcher, Chris Amberger, Charles McNeal, and Noel Jewkes. Currently she is working in collaboration with pianist Grant Levin as they prepare a new CD project: Art of the Duo.

Yoshi’s San Francisco
1330 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

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