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Dana Land - Pop Jazz Vocalist
A vocalist, recording artist, producer, jazz camp director and educator, Dana has the pleasure of performing for some of the most discerning clients as she performs at private events, festivals, jazz clubs and concerts with her varying ensembles. She stirs up the jazz scene with a refreshing style and playful presence performing a wide range of popular jazz from vintage and contemporary standards, swing and show tunes to Brazilian and blues, from candlelight moods to heated up rhythms that make you want to get up and dance to the groove!
Growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dana studied classical piano for many years and absorbed the sounds of her mother's beautiful coloratura voice as she rehearsed for her opera performances. After a career in interior design in San Francisco, Dana followed her true passion and studied vocal jazz at Sonoma State University. Now, after many years of performing for audiences throughout San Francisco and California she has returned to her homeland of Honolulu, Hawaii, where she has been performing for corporate, private and public audiences.
In addition to her jazz career, Dana also produces 'Kids Perform for Kids' Sake', a variety show put on by the talented youth for the benefit of local children in need. While residing in the wine country town of Sonoma, Dana was the director of Sonoma's Teen Jam Jazz Camp from 2008 through 2010, and was also a board member of The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society, which continues to support and promote jazz by producing free concerts for the public. Currently, Dana's top-shelf band, "Spirit of Jazz", is taking their engaging jazz presentation into Hawaii's schools with the purpose of educating and inspiring the youth with America's important indigenous art form.
Dana's latest album, "All the Cats Join in", released in January, 2012, is a collaboration with a number of world-class musicians including Count Basie Orchestra trumpeter, Scotty Barnhart; passionate violin virtuoso, Carlos Reyes; brilliant multi-reed player, Jeff Sanford; dynamic and energetic pianist Jonathan Alford; legendary pianist, Larry Vuckovich; world renown drummer, Akira Tana; first call bassists John Wiitala & Chris Amberger, and the talented and artistic Honolulu Jazz Quartet.
PUBLIC VENUES PLAYED (partial list)
The Monarch Room ~ Royal Hawaiian Hotel, The Kahala Resort, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Halekulani, The Moana, Wailea 4 Seasons, Fairmont Kea Lani, Regular performance home at The Lodge at Sonoma, Sonoma, CA. October 2006 to 2009; The Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA ’09; The Kahala, Honolulu, Hawaii; Festival del Sole-Patrons Party at Robt. Mondavi Winery, Napa, CA ’08, ’09; The Napa Mustard Festival, ’04 thru ’09; Le Grand Diner-Napa Mustard Festival, ’07, ‘09; The Red Cross Celebrity Auction at the Daphne Lewis Residence, Beverly Hills, CA Marin’s First Annual Jazz Festival ’08; Sonoma Jazz Plus-Wine and Song Series; The Calistoga Jazz Festival ’07, ’08; Salute to the Arts, Sonoma, CA ’06, ’07, ’08; The Cotati Jazz Festival Marin Art and Garden Center-Summer Concert Series, Ross; Cowell Theatre, San Francisco; Artesa Winery, Napa, CA; Pearl’s Jazz Club, San Francisco; Silverado Country Club, Napa; Meadowood, St. Helena;USS Potomac, San Francisco Bay; Pearl's Jazz Club, San Francisco; The Left Bank-Santana Row, San Jose; LedsonWinery, Kenwood; Kathryn Hall Estate, Napa; Sonoma Mission Inn, Sonoma; Meritage Restaurant, Sonoma; The Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa; The No Name Bar, Sausalito; Carneros Restaurant, Sonoma; Duckhorn Vineyards, St. Helena; Merryvale Vineyards, St. Helena; MacArthur Place, Sonoma; Saddles Restaurant, Sonoma; The Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa;, Paraduxx Winery, Napa; FARM at Carneros Inn, Napa; Provenance Vineyards, St. Helena; Oakmont-Berger Center, Santa Rosa; Plaza Bistro, Sonoma. In Hawaii; Four Seasons Wailea, Maui, Sarento's-Top of the Ilikai, Kahala Resort, Mezz 127, Medici's, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, The Moana Hotel, Ihilani Resort, Blaisdell Memorial Center.
PARTIAL SONG LIST
It Had Better Be Tonight Mambo Italiano Papa Loves Mambo Coconut Woman Temptation A Weekend in Havana The Best is Yet to Come Nature Boy Jamaica Farewell Princess Pupule Has Plenty Papaya Cow Cow Boogie My Romance Time After Time Fever Sway What Game Shall We Play Today Imagine Lazy Afternoon I Wanna Be Like You Waters of March The More I See You Yardbird Suite I’m in the Mood for Love I Feel So Smoochie Come Fly With Me Smile Just the Way You Look Tonight Just Squeeze Me My Little Boat If I Only had a Brain East of the Sun and West of the Moon Cow Cow Boogie Caravan All of You Who Will Buy? Popsicle Toes Night and Day Summertime/Sunny On a Slow Boat to China No More Blues Joy Spring Can’t Buy Me Love Old Devil Moon A Night in Tunisia Dindi Emily The Look of Love Route 66 Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens Exactly Like You Undecided I Can’t Give You Anything but Love Almost Like Being in Love Like a Lover Peel Me a Grape Moondance Comes Love ‘S Wonderful I’m Beginning to See the Light Fly Me to the Moon Centerpiece The Girl from Ipanema Our Love Rolls On Desafinado Speak Low Creepin’ That Old Black Magic Fascinating Rhythm A Night in Tunisia My Foolish Heart Autumn Leaves Can't Buy Me Love All the Cats Join in Take 5 Frenesi Make Someone Happy Willow Weep for Me Just One of Those Things Wouldn't it Be Loverly? Gypsy in My Soul Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise Four Sugar Swingin' on the Moon Straight, No Chaser Yardbird Suite Blue Skies Mack the Knife Too Close for Comfort Calling You St. Thomas One Note Samba Someday My Prince Will Come Close Your Eyes They All Laughed Cold Duck Time Meditation Windows Moon River I Love Being Here With You