PORTSMOUTH—Dominique Eade grew up on two continents in a musical family. Today she’s a jazz vocalist and composer with an international audience and a faculty member at the New England Conservatory in Boston. On Tues., June 11, at 7:00 p.m., the Seacoast Jazz Society will present the world-class jazz artist in a lecture on jazz singing that will from her remarkable autobiography. The presentation is free to the public and will be offered in the Hilton Garden Room, on the second floor of the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue.
Dominique Eade was born in London, England and, as the daughter of an American Air Force officer and a Swiss mother, spent much of her childhood moving between the U.S. and Europe. She studied piano as a child and, by the time she was in the second grade, had committed herself to being a singer. As a teen, she picked up the guitar and played her first gigs in the coffee houses of Stuttgart, where she was then a high school student. Later, as an English major at Vassar, Ms. Eade became increasingly drawn to jazz, transferred briefly to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, finishing her degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1990, she moved to New York City, where she recorded her first album, The Ruby and the Pearl, featuring Alan Dawon and Stanley Cowell, at the same time holding down a teaching position at her alma mater, NEC.
Dominique has continued to record and perform with jazz artists including Larry Goldings, John Medeski, Fred Hersch, Bruce Barth, George Mraz and Lewis Nash.
The Seacoast Jazz Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote an understanding of and enthusiasm for jazz on the New England Seacoast “between Newburyport and Kennebunkport,”providing opportunities for listeners, students, and performers to hear jazz and to learn about its history and practice. In addition to its ongoing lecture series, SJS presents free jazz performance-and-audience discussion events, sponsors the annual Tommy Gallant Jazz Festival, publishes a regular email newsletter of upcoming local jazz events, supports guest artists at local jazz venues, and partners with other jazz organizations. Those interested in considering membership in the SJS are invited to visit online at www.seacoastjazz.org.