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"Eade's vocal control and imagination are peerless," says the Boston Phoenix. "She's one of the few imaginative artists to have emerged in the field of jazz singing in this decade," says New York Newsday of vocalist Dominique Eade. Peter Watrous of the New York Times praises her "...immensely appealing sound..." and in a New York Times review of a recent performance, Ben Ratliff writes that Eade "had absorbed some of Sarah Vaughan's fearsome technique" Her voice was rich and clear and strong in all ranges; she had musicianship and cool intelligence and didn't seem to be ahistorical or to have arrived at jazz by accident." David Hajdu wrote in the New York Times Magazine, "I already knew who the Next Thing in jazz singing would be: Dominique Eade. An impossibly versatile vocalist, composer, lyricist and instrumental arranger..."

Entertainment Weekly named Eade Best Jazz Singer in their article on up-and-coming artists of 1996. The 1998 First Annual Jazz Awards in NYC nominated Eade for Best Debut Artist. She was voted in the top ten for Best Jazz Singer, and TDWR categories in the 1999 Downbeat Critics' Poll, and TDWR in the1998 Downbeat Critics' poll. She has been nominated five times for Best Jazz Vocalist in the Boston Music Awards and was voted Best Jazz Vocalist in 1996 and 1999. Eade was nominated for Best Jazz in Boston in the 2001 boston.citysearch.com. Signed to RCA Victor in 1996, Eade has been a featured performer in festivals including the Porto Jazz Festival in Portugal, The Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival's "Diva's of Jazz" concert with Terri Thornton and Abbey Lincoln (NYC), 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 CT Jazz Festival and many Boston Globe and Regatta Bar Jazz Festivals in Boston. In 1994 she was an artist-in-residence at the Wichita Jazz Festival, and she has been a clinician and performer throughout the United States and Europe.

Eade's second recording for RCA Victor, The Long Way Home, features Dave Holland, Victor Lewis, Bruce Barth, Mick Goodrick and Cyro Baptista. A combination of songs by some of Eade's favorites, including Harold Arlen and Hoagy Carmichael, and Eade's own originals, the new CD explores the theme of home and the roads that lead you there. The Long Way Home reached the top ten on the Gavin Poll and was voted one of the year's ten best by many critics. CDNow's Ken Micallef writes, "Within the first few bars you know Eade is something seriously special. Eade makes you reconsider everything she touches as she eloquently interprets each song." Of her original songs on the CD Ed Hazell of The Boston Phoenix says, "Composer Eade pens melodies and lyrics that display the classic values of great American songwriting without sounding old-fashioned. For instance, "Rounding the Bend" has a knowing irony about heartache and a poetic use of metaphor and imagery that make it refreshingly witty and not at all self-serious." Jason Koransky of Downbeat Jazz says " the album creates a focused, lyrical and conversational atmosphere full of subtle nuance and superb musicianship."

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