Dominique Eade

Eade was the daughter of an American Air Force Officer and a Swiss mother. She grew up in a musical family and spent most of her childhood traveling within the US and Europe. Eade studied piano as a child, and she decided that she wanted to become a singer in second grade. Eade began playing guitar when she was a teenager. She learned pop, jazz, and original songs, and also wrote some. Eade was in Stuttgart high school when she played her first gigs. Eade was an English major at Vassar and sang with the jazz group Naima that also featured Joe McPhee, a native of Poughkeepsie. Eade briefly transferred to Berklee College of Music and completed her New England Conservatory degree, where Ran Blake, a pianist, became a mentor and performer. After graduating, Eade returned to Boston and began teaching at NEC. Eade was an active performer in Boston’s jazz scene of the 1980’s. She formed groups with Boston-based artists such as Mick Goodrick, Donald Brown, and Bill Pierce. Eade also performed and traveled throughout Europe and the United States as a clinician. Eade performed with her own bands and as a soloist with Composers in Red Sneakers and NuClassix, she also performed contemporary classical music. She was also a member of the jazz big bands Orange Then Blue, and the Either/Orchestra. Eade was the first jazz artist to receive the NEC Artist Diploma in 1987. She studied with Dave Holland, Stanley Cowell and the Either/Orchestra for two years. Eade made her debut CD, The Ruby and the Pearl. It featured Alan Dawson and Stanley Cowell. She also maintained her teaching job at NEC and performed in many contexts. These included soloist roles in two Anthony Braxton operas, duo restaurant performances alongside Gene Bertoncini, an adventurous trio featuring Ben Street and Kenny Wollesen, weekly East Village performances, and duos performing with Mark Helias or Peter Leitch. She performed at The Village Gate and The Five Spot, Birdland and Visiones and Cornelia Street Café with groups such as Fred Hersch and John Medeski, Kevin Hays and James Genus, Gregory Hutchinson and Tom Rainey. Her second CD, My Resistance Is Low (Accurate), was recorded with Bruce Barth, George Mraz and Lewis Nash, a Brooklyn resident who is a frequent collaborator. Eade signed with RCA in 1996, shortly after she returned to Boston to start a family. Eade recorded two critically acclaimed CDs with RCA Victor: When the Wind was Cool, featuring Benny Golson and Fred Hersch, as well as Matt Wilson and Victor Lewis’ The Long Way Home, which showcased Eade’s songwriting and arrangement skills. Eade toured the United States and Europe in support of the RCA recordings, even though she was busy raising her two children. Eade stayed close to home for the next few years, concentrating on composition and performing in Boston. Columbia Records requested Eade to record a demo of some of her more recent songs in 2001. Eade recorded more original material later with Jed Wilson, a pianist she met at NEC. In the fall 2006, Wilson and Eade released Open, a CD of duets. Eade and Wilson also released a CD of duets, Open, in the fall 2006. Eade lives in Boston with Allan Chase, her husband and their two children. Eade has been a member of the faculty at New England Conservatory since 1984. She also teaches privately in New York. Luciana Souza and Sara Lazarus were her students. Lisa Thorson, Julie Hardy and Julie Hardy were among them. Kris Adams, David Devoe was also a student. Roberta Gambarini was another one of her students. from

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