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October 06, 2012
Yoshi's Local Talent Series: Free Live Music in The Lounge 6:30pm to 10pm!
Singing from the heart with a voice and style reminiscent of the early 50's, Dima was inﬂuenced at an early age by the music that surrounded her as a child: the classic sounds of Jazz. She began to develop her style as a Jazz singer after studying with Merrill Hoover, a well known Jazz pianist best known for his eloquent accompaniment of vocalists such as; Ernestine Anderson, Anita O’Day, and Mary Stallings. This rare opportunity set the foundation for her to establish her own unique approach to singing as she fell in love with the Jazz standard. After raising her daughter Aria, she resumed her musical studies and began performing again in the Bay Area. Prior to pursuing a career as a Jazz vocalist, under the direction of Joey Blake, Dima sang and performed in a Circle Song Acapella
Ensemble, originally created by Bobby McFerrin. This experience put her in touch with that magical, soulful, creative process of improvisation from which all music begins. Known for her command of the lyric, beautiful soothing tone and carefully chosen repertoire, Dima keeps alive the true art of the Jazz singer.
Among the highlights of her singing career, Dima worked with Trumpeter Al Molina as the featured vocalist in “The Chet Baker Project” which ran for 1 year at the 7 Mile House in Brisbane. In 2009 she performed at the Jazz Festival in Chiappas Mexico, The Placer Arts Gallery Summer Jazz Series (2010), and the Calistoga Jazz Festival (2008).
Dima has also performed with such musicians as: Mike Greensill, Glen Pearson, Larry Vuchovich and Calvin Keyes, Eddie Marshall, Ron Belcher, Chris Amberger, Charles McNeal and Noel Jewkes. Currently she is working in collaboration with Pianist Grant Levin as they are preparing for a new cd project “Art of the Duo.”