Dina Blade is a refreshingly natural singer with a great sense of time and swing who specializes in singing American popular music from the 30s and 40s (think Gershwin, Porter and Berlin). She performs several different tribute shows which preserve the work of the master composers and lyricists of the Golden Age of Radio, including the acclaimed "What did you hear in the war, Daddy?", a lively presentation of songs from World War Two. Her shows always feature wonderful costumes and memorabilia, and she sprinkles her sets with interesting anecdotal patter about radio, movies, railroads, and dances in the wonderful era of the Swinging Dance Bands. Whatever the theme, Dina weaves a nostalgic program guaranteed to rekindle the magic of yesteryear!
"Please keep on with the fine program that you do so well. A mixture of laughter and tears does more than clear the sinuses." -Howard Miller, Senior Citizen, Carnation, Wa.
"The songs and stories were done with such grace and skill that they brought a distant era much closer to my students." -Dr. Jill Johnson, Ethnomusicology Dept., University of Washington
"Your show was an absolute SMASH!" -Loretta Herman, Librarian, Snoqualmie Library
"Dina's voice is warm and inviting, fresh and original, with just a touch of coyness in her delivery." -Jim Wilke NPR-KPLU "Jazz Northwest"
Dina is available for concerts, dances, and educational programs, and can provide a customized program for your particular event. The format for her musical presentations can range from educational to pure entertainment, but always involves a little of both. Current venues include but are not limited to theaters, cabarets, nightclubs, schools, libraries, conventions, anniversaries, theme parties, music festivals, and corporate events.
Dina is a Voting Member of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY), and has recorded 3 cds of Jazz Standards: "S'Wonderful". "I'm in the Mood for Love and other lyrics by Dorothy Fields", and "My Romance".
REPERTOIRE includes: "Stardust", "Blues In The Night", "I'll Be Seeing You", "Night and Day", "Blue Skies", "Sunnyside of the Street", "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe", "Sentimental Journey", "My Funny Valentine", "Our Love Is Here To Stay" and more.