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My co-producer, Jeff, and I have been cooking up this idea for some time; a musical show that would be upbeat & entertaining complete with a tropical feel and would appeal to a wide range of ages and musical tastes. "TROPICABANA! A Musical Romp through the Tropics - with Dana Land & The Cabana Boys' was born! We debuted our show to a sold-out crowd at Hawaii Public Radio's Atherton Theatre on Saturday, January 25th, 2014.

Culling tunes from different tropical locals including Cuba, Brazil, Jamaica and Hawaii, we perform tunes made famous by Harry Belafonte, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dean Martin, Carmen Miranda, Henry Mancini and Frank Sinatra to name a few.

'The Cabana Boys' are some of the best jazz musicians on the island; pianist & musical director~Tommy James, guitarist~Steve Martinucci, bassist~John Kolivas, drummer~Von Baron and reedman~Tim Tsukiyama with some of the arrangements written by Tommy James, pianist & musical director for the world-renown Duke Ellington Orchestra.

We look forward to enhancing the music scene, corporate events, concerts and private parties with 'TROPICABANA!

I'm looking forward to returning to my original home land of O'ahu in July. I have an elderly mother to help care for, a daughter who is waiting to develop a new act with her ol' mother, jazz music to make and jazz music to share with the keiki. I am thrilled to be working with the wonderful Kailua Elks Lodge board members to bring our jazz education/show to the Windward side. So far, we have 2 dates with 'Aikahi & Kailua Elementary schools in July and more to follow. I have presented this very engaging show to many schools here in Northern California but I have a special place in my heart for the keiki in Hawaii. It's funny...my mother used to take opera into the schools throughout the islands some 40 years ago with Opera Players of Hawaii...guess the apple hasn't fallen too far... or maybe it's a lilikoi...crazy little lilikoi of love...

Hi Friends...it has been a while...I hope you are well and finding joy in your life. One of the joyful things in life for me is bringing music and jazz to children and I am excited to report that I will be partnering with the Kailua Elks Lodge to bring my very engaging jazz presentation with a quintet into the elementary schools on the Windward side of O'ahu. Before too long the keikis will be singing, scatting, dancing, snapping and shaking their shakers to the many different rhythms that fall under the umbrella of jazz. Stay-tuned for periodic updates...

To my O'ahu friends...I'm looking forward to celebrating the release of my 2nd album, 'All The Cats Join In', recorded with 3 different groups including the Honolulu Jazz Quartet with John Kolivas, Dan Del Negro, Von Baron and Tim Tsukiyama. We have 2 performances, the 1st at the beautiful Sarento's atop the Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki, on Tues., June 12th, 7:30-10 p.m. Amazing views, cocktails and fine Italian dining. Reservations highly suggested. Call: 808.955.5559  The 2nd performance will be the following night at the local favorite Gordon Biersch, Aloha Tower, 6:30-9:30 p.m. For reservations call: 808.599.4877 Popular hang with view of the water, cocktails and dining. Come on out and share the music and the fun with us!

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yup, that's right...Jeff, Randy Sue Collins and I completed our dramatic-comedy film script which will be filmed in and around Sonoma County. It's time now for some 'Gorilla Marketing'! Robin Williams and John Travolta I hope you're listening....cause this will be a fun ride! When the script lands on your doorstep read it...this movie has to get made; the message is too important!
Mayor of the city of Sonoma, Laurie Gallian, presented Dana with a proclamation on Aug. 9th at a concert that Dana and her band were giving in Sonoma's Grinstead Amphitheatre "in recognition of her passion for music and her unselfish devotion to the betterment of our community."
I have been assisting the wonderful folks at the beautiful Ramekins Culinary and Event Center with the booking and promoting of a new concert series. We had our kick-off concert last Thursday with the chocolate baritone-voice of Jamie Davis & his Quintet. Jamie has recorded and performed with the Count Basie Orchestra...it was an absolute pleasure having his fantastic talent and energy gracing us here in Sonoma. Go to: www.ramekins.com for the upcoming schedule and to make reservations. Coming up July 4th; funny man, Mal Sharpe & Big Money in Jazz (fun festivities for the whole family incl. front row seats to Sonoma's terrific fireworks display!); July 7th Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums and July 21st beautiful, inside, out and vocally, Jackie Ryan. This is THE venue to catch these world-class and entertaining musicians in.
Hi folks....thanks for checking in! Just want to update you on the wide (and wild!) world of jazz music-making and promotion. I've been busy recording my next album with my co-producer in life, love, and music-my husband, Jeff. We've invited some pretty terrific musicians to join us on this organic, improvisational project where, with the exception of one tune, arrangements were created pretty much on the spot with the band...yes, staying true to the jazz idiom. I wanted to collaborate with and give artistic license to these wonderful and talented players; Scotty Barnhart, 18-year veteran trumpeter with the Count Basie Orchestra; Carlos Reyes, a passionate violin virtuoso; Jeff Sanford, a dynamic and playful multi-reed musician who leads the Cartoon Jazz Orchestra; World renown drummer, Akira Tana, who can create the most interesting melodies; legendary pianist Larry Vuckovich; veteran bassist, colorful in every way, Chris Amberger; one of my favorite pianists, energetic and creative Jonathan Alford; first call veteran bassist for many in the Bay Area, John Wiitala; and the Honolulu Jazz Quartet, a group of very talented and equally nice musicians living in the home land of Hawaii Nei and include bassist and leader, John Kolivas; pianist Dan Del Negro; drummer Von Baron and sax man Tim Tsukiyama. A big ALOHA to all of the musicians above for their support, positive energy and terrific musicianship! The recordings are now in the hands of our friend and two-time Grammy-Award winning sound engineer in L.A., Woody Woodruff. So, the "birth" is getting closer... We now have 7 videos up on www.youtube.com that come from a concert we had here in our town last August at event center, Ramekins. If you're interested just type in my name and up they should come. Feel free to leave comments if you're so inclined. I appreciate each and every one. Soon to come...a new & improved website with some new photos and new album song clips, etc... Please stay tuned... Oh, and by the way, thank you so much for your interest. Hope to see you soon!
Sonoma's 2010 Teen Jazz Jam Camp culminated with a terrific concert at Sonoma's Plaza amphitheatre on Sunday. 20 teens, ages 11-17, performed a total of 16 tunes learned over the 2 week camp. Pianists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, saxophonists, vocalists and even a tuba/bass trombonist made their way through clinics, jams, sectionals and rehearsals. They were wonderful and we thank Sonoma Valley Jazz Society for sponsoring 2 students and Sonoma Jazz + for their generous sponsorship!
Aaaaaah, walking and swimming at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world soothes and inspires the soul. Had a really fun time recording a live session for the upcoming album with the Honolulu Jazz Quartet. What a nice bunch of talented musicians and friends! Thank you to leader and bassist John Kolivas, pianist Dan Del Negro, drummer Von Baron and saxophonist Tim Tsukiyama. Followed this up with an even more fun performance at the Top of the Ilikai Hotel in Waikiki. The views are incredibly beautiful looking out over all of Waikiki, Pacific Ocean and the mountains. Thank you to all who showed up and a special thanks to Dave Rohner and to my special gal pals, Dana and Tyler, who adorned me with gorgeous leis of ginger, pikaki and puakinikini. Mmmmmm. I slept with them under my nose for a few nights...thought I had ended up in heaven. So good to see family and friends and look forward to returning in 6 mos. for a CD release concert. How grateful I am to have grown up there.
Dana's newest jazz group, Spirit of Jazz, (Madaline Duran, Eddie Duran, Chris Amberger and Kendrick Freeman) is currently taking their playful and interactive jazz presentation into the Sonoma Valley elementary, middle and charter schools. Thank you to the generous sponsorship of Sonoma Jazz Plus! By the way, some questions from the little jazz students; "Can you go to recess with us?" "Can I take you home so my mommy can meet you?" "Can I have your autograph?" "I was sad but now I'm happy!" "Are you famous?" Aaah, the life of a jazz celebrity...
Dana will be returning to her home town of Honolulu in June for a recording session with the wonderful Honolulu Jazz Quartet which includes leader and fellow Punahou alum, John Kolivas, saxman Tim Tsukiyama, pianist Dan Del Negro and drummer Von Baron. Recording engineer, Pierre Grill, will be on hand to set up for the live session. One of the tunes that Dana wants to include on her upcoming compilation album will be a classic swingin' hapa-haole song, a little ditty about a Princess Papule and her papayas!
We had a very successful recording session at Bay Records in Berkeley last week with the wonderful legendary jazz pianist, Larry Vuckovich, fantastic world-renown drummer, Akira Tana and the terrific John Wiitala on acoustic bass. Jeremy Goody did an outstanding job as engineer. Beautiful piano and good vibes there at Bay. Jeff and I wrote lyrics to Chick Corea's gorgeous melody, 'Windows', and recorded it along with 4 other tunes. We're moving along to our next group of musicians for this compilation album including a duet with Count Basie vocalist, Jamie Davis. If you haven't heard his smooth, chocolate baritone voice, watch out! Stay tuned...
(Excerpt taken from 'Wine Country This Week'.) It is a Summer Festival Like No Other... Each year Napa Valley Festival del Sole brings together an astonishing gathering of internationally celebrated talent, and the finest in food, wine and Napa hospitality – for an unparalleled cultural experience. The fourth annual Festival, which takes place July 17-25, features a roster of world-renowned artists that includes soprano Renée Fleming, violinists Sarah Chang and Nikolaj Znaider, pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Antonio Pappano and Conrad Tao, jazz singer Dana Land, and Napa resident Robert Redford. The festival, renowned for its world-class concerts, exclusive receptions, lunches, dinners and art exhibitions, also includes another important tradition – giving back to the community. This year, the festival hosts three benefits and deepens its commitment to arts education and enrichment through the launch of the Bouchaine Young Artist Series. “The tremendous support we receive from the community is inspiring,” said Festival Director Richard Walker. “We are pleased to join forces with our partners to give back to causes important to all of us.”
Their rehearsals are paying off and they are sounding great! And just in time for their debut performance on Valentine's Day at The Lodge at Sonoma. The band consists of 15 yr. old Jake Barrett on piano, Owen Barrett (12) on drums, Mike Bojorquez (17) on bass, Joel Kruzic (17) on guitar, with vocalists Maeve Greenberg and Carly Land, both 15. This group will be performing in the local schools and at other events, spreading the gospel of jazz. The future of jazz is lookin' pretty bright! Go to: www.sonomacommunitycenter.org to download the application for our Teen Jazz Jam Camp, June 15-26th, 2009. The instructors are all amazing; Brian Nova, Roger Glenn, John Simon, Jason Bodlovich and Jennifer Youngdahl! This is a wonderfully intimate, fun camp whereby students receive one-on-one instruction, jam time, ensemble play and performances with the instructors in a supportive environment.
Yes, the Sonoma Valley Jazz Society is in its 20th year of bringing mostly free jazz to Sonoma. With our free Summer concerts in the Sonoma Plaza, our bookings for the wonderful listening venue at The Lodge at Sonoma and additional benefit concerts, we brought 83 jazz events to our little yet very hip town. We look forward to continuing the pleasure and the priviledge of extending a hand to help our fellow jazz musicians in keeping America's incredibly rich art form alive. A huge thank you to SVJS president, Janice King, for her professional yet friendly leadership and passion for the music!
Dana has the pleasure of being a part of the Education sub-committee for Sonoma Jazz Plus, Sonoma's world-class jazz festival produced by Jim Horowitz of Jazz Aspen. A part of the festival's profits get funneled into the local schools for music projects and education. In a time when school budgets are getting cut and the arts are often the first thing to go this is really needed and wanted. Thank you to Jim Horowitz!! To learn more go to: www.sonomajazz.org
Yes, the Father of Vocalese, composer, lyricist and educator is coming to grace Marin's 1st Jazz Festival on Oct. 18th, 2008. Dana along with terrific musicians; Jonathan Alford-pn., Chris Amberger-bs. and drummer David Rokeach, will have the pleasure of opening up for him and his great band including the legendary pianist Larry Vuckovich, bassist Buca Necak, horn player Noel Jewkes and drummer Chuck McPherson. Please come out and support this festival and jazz icon. It promises to be a treasure-filled event!
Fun is in store for this 2-week jazz camp, June 16th -27th, 10-1 p., for music students between the ages of 13-18, located at the Sonoma Community Center. The fee is $350. and scholarships are available. We have 4 master teachers on board, with Dana as director, prepared to teach piano, voice, drums, percussion, flute, clarinet, saxes, bass, guitar and vibraphones! Camp ends with a concert in Andrews Hall and several more opportunities for students to perform in public during the Summer. Call the Community Center @ 707-938-4626 for more info.
As 2007 comes to a close I would like to give thanks for the richness that a number of us have experienced at The Lodge at Sonoma. As I said the other night, if I could bottle it and share it with the world it would make this planet we live on a better place. The talented and sweet musicians that pour everything into their performance, the intimacy and warmth in which we get to experience their every note and nuance has brought all of us much gratitude and appreciation for the musicians and the music. Janice and I have so enjoyed being able to work with Dave Dolquist and we look forward to the continuation in 2008 of one of the Bay Area's finest listening venues for jazz.
Stay tuned for more information regarding this exciting new endeavor including an emphasis on popular jazz music, comedy, positive news, celebrity interviews and human interest stories with yours truly as your host.
My talented friend, writer, actor, historian, chef and doctor of wine, George Webber, invited me on to his weekly 'Sittin' by the Fireside' show and allowed me to perform a few of the characters in his ongoing saga about the gold mining days back in the mid 1800's. I performed the parts of Sasparilla Sue-gruff bar owner- and Queen Victoria, visitor to Rich Bar. Some fun hanging out with those talented voice-over actors, George, Joe Herschaft and Will Penna.
Well, my wonderful fan and terrific new friend, Barrie Hayman, extended an invitation for an all-expense paid trip and performance fee for the 2009 Thredbo Jazz Festival Downunder. I've always wanted to put a shrimp on that barbie!
Immediately following a late night Sunday interview that I had with radio host/funny man Mal Sharpe on KCSM a phone call from Australia came in to the studio for me. It was a nice man who introduced himself as Barrie Hayman and proceeded to tell me that he had just listened to my interview and the songs they had played off of my CD. He said that the song, "If I Only Had a Brain", made him cry. It makes my husband cry, too. I love to make people cry. Anyway, Barrie ordered my CD from Amazon.com and looked forward to being able to play it on his radio station Downunder. We became fast friends, emailing eachother, talking about jazz and other life experiences and now I have the pleasure of meeting him face to face when he arrives in Sonoma on Sept. 8th. We'll take in a little wine tour, some lunch and what we intend will be a fun evening of jazz at The Lodge. I've got a trio behind me-some of the best- joining me, and maybe Barrie will sing a tune? There are very few barriers when you have the internet bringing us all a little bit closer.
I'd like to carve out some space here to thank all of you whom have come out to share the music with us at The Lodge at Sonoma. It means a lot to us all to have you there listening and enjoying. I'd also like to express my gratitude to Dave Dolquist, the GM of The Lodge, for hosting the music and helping us to keep jazz alive. Because of Dave's commitment and support the lounge has become one of the hottest, hippest, listening venues in the Bay Area. We're attracting the best musicians not only in the Bay Area but from as far as New York and Hawaii. Thank you, Dave--here's to the music!
Two very talented girlfriends of mine, Jaime Love and Julia Holsworth, wrote a musical based on a spoof of a 1977 beauty pageant entitled "The Ms. All American Housewife Pageant". It was very cute and funny and ran for 3 nights last week at the beautiful Nicholson Ranch Winery in Sonoma. Jaime asked me if I would do a walk-on part and be one of the entertainers that come out mid-show and do a tune. I said, "Sure- anything to hang out with you fun girls for a week!" Jaime said, "Oh great! Will you be Charo?" "Charo?" Well, what can I say? I never thought I'd have to channel Charo. Cuchi-cuchi! And for those of you who might be curious there is a picture of Charo in "photos". Thanks, Jaime, for giving me the opportunity to create one more bizarre and over-the-top character for my one woman show. By the way, you gals did a terrific job! Love you all!
It was a wonderful concert that jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich and wife Sanna Craig put on yesterday for our friend, Sandra Necak. Many of the Bay Area's finest jazz musicians offered up their talent for the occasion including Larry, Noel Jewkes, Jamie Davis, Jackie Ryan, Harold Jones, Vince Delgado, Danny Spencer, Shota Osabe, Buca Necak, John Wiitala, Mike Hallesy, Valerie Queveda, Jim Rothermel, Kim Nalley and others. I had a terrific back up band that included some of the above. Thank you to Larry and Sanna for their warm spirit and generousity. All our love and healing powers to Sandra.
Jeff and I returned from a wonderful week in Honolulu where we participated in a vital benefit to help with the terrible drug problem, namely crystal methamphetamine, aka "Ice", that is affecting the State of Hawaii. John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, the spearhead of the organization, were the VERY gracious hosts of the evening at the new Honolulu Design Center which included some pretty wonderful artists coming out to offer their talent for the cause. While we were there in Honolulu, my home town, we had the pleasure of meeting and sitting in with some of Honolulu's finest jazz musicians in a few of their beautiful venues. Thank you Ernie Provencher, Jeff Petersen, David Yamasaki, Justin James, Chuck James, Cheryl Bartlett, and S.F.'s Calvin Keaoola...you were all terrific and great fun! I look forward to doing it again. And I'm also looking forward to performing at corporate events there for a wonderful new friend, David.
"Rosie" made a guest appearance at the annual "Bowl for Kids' Sake" and did her best to help her team-The Power Potatoes- with her highest score ever-113!! "How did she do it" you might ask... with the big hair, hula skirt, crazy sunglasses AND the anatomically correct coconut bra?! Don't ask. For Bob she'd do anything!! (almost) See picture in "photos"...
The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society is putting on a benefit concert for a young man, Kelly Corliss, who suffered a brain stem stroke and needs financial help to recover. International latin, grammy nominated jazz pianist, Omar Sosa and his Quartet will be performing at The Sonoma Valley Womens Club on Sat. March 10th at 6:30. Tickets are $50. and $100. Purchase at Sonoma Music or Readers Books.
BIG FUN Jazz Concert! - The Dana Land Quintet with Special Guest Vocalist, Mr. Jamie Davis. Sunday, November 19th, 2006, at 1:00 p.m. at the historic Sebastiani Theatre on the Sonoma Plaza. Call 707-996-9756 to charge tickets-$20. (reserved seating) Some of the finest musicians on the West Coast will be joining us and include pianist, John Mackay; bassist, Tom Shader; drummer, David Rokeach and sax man, Charles McNeal.
Janice King, Pres. of Sonoma Valley Jazz Society, and I are now working in conjuction with The Lodge at Sonoma and the GM, David Dolquist, to bring some of the finest Bay Area and beyond jazz musicians to play at this wonderfully cozy and intimate lounge. A baby grand, classy bar and cozy fireplace complete the ambience. Call (707) 373-0700 for more info.
This is a wonderful foundation created by my friend, Donna Barton, to support and encourage the creativity of local children by donating proceeds from concerts to pay for their art and music lessons, etc.. Legendary pianist, Larry Vuckovich, his quintet and I performed in the kick-off concert to a sellout crowd in February.
We 're gearing up to present our 2nd annual "Kids Perform for Kids Sake" show in April at The Sebastiani Theatre here in Sonoma. We had a successful first run last year and we were able to donate the proceeds to The Willmar Center for Bereaved Children and The Sonoma Childrens' Cancer Foundation. This year we are moving it to nicer digs and NelsonJobs.com will be sponsoring it. This is an opportunity for the talented youth of Sonoma to help out their community by doing what they do best-perform! The proceeds this year will be benefitting The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation and The Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation, two very worthwhile foundations that directly and indirectly benefit the kids of Sonoma. I've got my two assistants on board who will be trained in the ins and outs of putting on a production of this type. They are 17 yr. old, Frances Hall and 15 yr. old, Mikeala Kalafate, two wonderfully spirited gals. Auditions will be held in the middle of January for any Sonoma youth who's got something to show off! Look for press releases in the local paper and listen to your local KSVY radio station for info. Here's to the kids! You gotta love 'em!
I was flown down to "The Land of Angels" to perform at a Katrina benefit at the request of executive chef, Mark Kearney, who put on the affair. It was hosted by Nicolette Sheridan of "Desparate Housewives" fame. The 'beautiful people' came out to support the cause and it was great. I always have the pleasure of being able to help out at benefits like this one. I also had the pleasure of meeting a fellow vocalist, Kevin Sasaki, and singing a few tunes with him.
'Servin' It Up' is currently receiving airplay and is now selling throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. This world wide web stuff is just great for a gal's career! Thank you to everybody who has purchased a CD. Any fan of mine is a true friend! And, if you don't mind, I gotta play the game so any reviews you feel inspired to write, either on my website or on my CDBaby.com page-'Dana Land'- would be hugely appreciated. Musically Yours! Dana
Yes! That would be a show all about, well...me...AND my "imaginary friends". Jeff and Randy Sue, my co-writers among other things and I are currently developing this and are intending to open it around March, 2006, here in Sonoma, bound for...who knows?. It will wrap its filthy little hands around my jazz music, a few comedic characters currently hiding out in the closet and, get this, dancing. You'll just have to see it to believe it.
My debut CD, "Servin' It Up", is now available for sale through CDBaby.com Feel free to read some of the first reviews on "Press/Reviews". Some very good friends of ours, Jim and Cheryl D'Arezzo, flew Jeff and me down to their beautiful home in Glendale, CA recently so that I could perform for a very important fundraiser that they hosted. It was great fun! Thanks Jim and Cheryl!

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