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Entertainment Weekly, August 9, 1996

By Kipp Cheng, Jason Cochran, Amy Donahue, Ethan Smith and Michael Welch

Building buzz on their home turf, some world-class artists are braced to break out. Here are the very best of the best regional raves of 1996. Their time to hit the big time is now.

Best Jazz Singer, Dominique Eade. With her fresh approach to small-ensemble vocal jazz, Eade has earned the admiration of a growing number of cognoscenti. Her sophomore release, My Resistance is Low, displays a handful of sophisticated originals as well as out-of-the-way gems by well-known songwriters. With a different kind of project-her first child-due in October, the 38-year-old Bostonian hasn't slackened her frenetic schedule of composing, performing, and teaching at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music. "There's this whole language that's akin to what somebody like Louis Armstrong would do in a jazz," she says. "I've always had the conviction it could be accessible to people."

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