David Edelfelt “probably sounds great singing the weather forecast… he’s just blessed with a luxuriant instrument.” [Chicago Tribune]

“… deliciously engaging… funny… truthful... More, please, Mr. Edelfelt.” [Cabaret Scenes]

There was a time I thought I would pursue performing as a career. But I finally came to understand that my true calling had more to do with working with others than always being the one on stage. So gradually, I established myself as teacher and coach, and gave up performing.

Eventually though, I realized that although I believe my primary calling is in the role of teacher, there is a part of me that still loves to perform! So around 2007, I "came out of retirement" and began performing again. I'm grateful for the opportunities that continue to come my way. And I've found that by continuing to perform, I am a better teacher and coach. And not only do audiences seem to be supportive, I'm having a lot of fun!

The video clips to the left were taken at the Park West in Chicago and are excerpts from the 2010 and 2013 annual fall gala of Chicago Cabaret Professionals (CCP) of which I am proud to be a member. The marvelous Bob Moreen is playing in the clip from 2010, and in the other, I'm joined by pianist extraordinaire, Beckie Menzie - and by former student and colleague, the fabulous Hilary Ann Feldman.


The remainder of the year holds lots of wonderful performance opportunities for me that I'm excited to share with you! Next up is an appearance at the 34th annual Elkhart Jazz Festival in Elkhart, IN - our third year in a row - and we're delighted to be back this year with two Johnny Mercer shows! The "we" is my musical compatriot, singer and jazz pianist extraordinaire Elizabeth Doyle, and the talented Charles Troy, master musical historian. Come see us if you're in the area; Saturday and Sunday, June 22 & 23.

In September, I'll be making my Parisian debut at Le Lapin Agile - the oldest existing cabaret in Paris, as Elizabeth Doyle and I present our Cole Porter review "De-Lovely"! I'll be sharing the week with a bevy of songsters from Chicago at the "Cabaret Connexion", where I'll also be teaching some master classes with students from France and the U.S. as well. C'est Magnifique!

Coming up in November, (on Saturday, the 16th) I'm thrilled to be joining an exceptionally talented cast of some of the best singers that Chicago has to offer from the worlds of jazz, cabaret, classical and music theater as we present
"Chicago Celebrates Sondheim" - a musical extravaganza on the occasion of his 90th birthday. You won't want to miss this incredible evening of music at Chicago's historical Auditorium Theatre, where we'll be singing to the not-too-shabby back-up of the one and only Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. Join us!

Looking ahead to 2020, I'm pleased to announce my next new solo show, "Broadway Baritones" which I'll be presenting first on March 24th for a private event, again on March 27 & 29 at Davenport's Cabaret in Chicago, and then in a special expanded two-act version at Moraine Valley Community College on Sunday, May 17 at both 2:00 and 5:30. My accompanist for each of these shows will be the fabulous Chuck Larkin. I look forward to sharing with you some of the most beloved music from the last 100 years of Broadway, and some fun stories to weave it all together. This is one you won't want to miss!

And in case you haven't picked up either of my CDs yet, they're both still available at cdbaby.com. Questions? I'd love to hear from you! 

For more details, see Upcoming Events or e-mail me.