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Dana Land, professional speaker, singer of popular music & jazz, comedic entertainer, hostess, and mistress of ceremonies, is back! Back from the San Francisco Bay Area where she performed for many years at high-end events including the famed Monterey Jazz Festival, and is now happy to be living in her homeland of Honolulu where she is kicking up the jazz scene with a refreshing style and playful presentation full of heart & soul. This is some of the best PopJazz entertainment in Hawaii! Dana is a fifth-generation Daughter of Hawaii and feels that the Hawaiian Islands are truly the place for her to share her passion for music and entertaining.
Hawaii is also a great stepping off location for her professional speaking career which takes her around the world. Combining her comedy, personas, music and dance, she is out to put a spit shine on that ol' moral compass! 'Ethics & Morals Can Be Fun' with Auntie Sylvia and 'Bringing the Aloha Spirit to Life!' with Hula Rosie ~ Hawaii's Hostess of Aloha are two of her very popular offerings.
Dana & Her Cabana Boys have quickly become one of the top-call bands for corporate events, weddings, private parties and high-end jazz venues throughout the Hawaiian Islands with an emphasis on Waikiki. Their repertoire spans popular music from the beautiful, romantic jazz standards, sensual Brazilian tunes and sassy blues. The band currently offers 3 different shows which are all suitable for great dancing, featured entertainment or even just background music:
1) 'TROPICABANA! A MUSICAL ROMP THROUGH THE TROPICS'; Popular tunes, dance & comedy with tropical rhythms; cha cha, samba, bossa, mambo, Hawaiian & American swing.
2) 'DANA DOES FRANK, TONY, DEAN, MEL & BOBBY!'; Many of the most well-loved tunes of these iconic crooners of yesteryear. Our swing dancers complete the show!
3) 'EXOTICA JAZZ IN SHANGRI LA'; A tribute to Martin Denny, the originator of the tropical, sensual sounds that harken back to the hey day of Waikiki from the 1940s-1960s. Vibraphones, congas, bird calls all complete this exotic experience.
For very special events Dana is proud to offer the world-renown Count Basie Orchestra or the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Either of these bands will knock the socks off of you and your guests! But, who's wearing socks in Hawaii?
Do you need an emcee for your event or a comedic character to bring some comedy & levity to your occasion? It's one-stop shopping with Dana. 'Hula Rosie' is a vivacious, colorful & lovable personal hula instructor & goodwill ambassador who, in her unexpected N.Y. accent, dresses up her guests and proceeds to demonstrate how to hula in her own inimitable way. "Sylvia Agnes Rockavandergribble' is a British TV personality with her own show that she takes on the road entitled, 'Up Too Close & Too Personal!'. With her quart-sized martini glass in hand, the slightly tipsy 'Sylvia' conducts interviews with her guests that have them shaking their heads...all in good fun, of course!
Are you looking for a classical string quartet, a beautiful Hawaiian trio or a Celtic band for your event? With Dana's background she offers a free referral service. She knows the 'go to' bands on the island and enjoys supporting & promoting her fellow musicians who are top-notch, personable and reliable and will help to make your event a wonderful memory!
“How can Dana be so cool when she’s so hot!”H. E. White - Cellar Cat Review
"Dana's voice sounds somewhere between Ella's and Doris Day's--sweet but very jazzy and sexy. Her rhythm and phrasing are impeccable and her ability to command an orchestra is wonderful. What Land has as a performer is total professionalism, perfect pitch, pizzazz and that "It" factor!" Ron Singer - The Sonoma Valley Sun
“Smart and sassy, Dana Land catches your attention with her appealing stage presence, and then reintroduces you to songs you thought you knew too well. She understands that an artist’s primary mission is to keep her audience entertained, and she takes care of business.” Andy Gilbert - Jazz Critic
“Dana brings a most positively infectious spirit and energy to the bandstand and to the audience. The musicians, as well as the audience are immediately affected by her strong rhythmic and melodic phrasing and her soulful vocal sound. The enjoyment that she has while performing has a lasting effect on everyone who hears her.” Larry Vuckovich - Legendary Jazz Pianist