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 all taken at the Park West in Chicago and are excerpts from the 2008 (on top), 2010 (middle) and 2013 (bottom) annual fall gala of Chicago Cabaret Professionals (CCP) of which I am proud to be a member. The wonderful George Howe is accompanying me on piano in the first, the marvelous Bob Moreen is playing in the clip from 2010, and in the third, I'm joined by pianist extraordinaire, Beckie Menzie - and by former student and colleague, the fabulous Hilary Ann Feldman.


It's been a whirlwind of a summer, both performing and recording... but now the fruits of those labors are ripening, and my new CD "better" is available for purchase! Before long I will have a clip here with a link, but for the time being, you can just go to CDbaby.com and search my name, where you'll see both my Christmas album and the new one as well. Can't wait to share it with you!  

Coming up very soon is my new show "better" at Davenport's Cabaret on Oct. 21, 28, and Nov. 3rd, celebrating the release of the CD by the same name. Show times are 7PM on the 21st, and 8PM on the 28th and 3rd - and once again, the fabulous Beckie Menzie will be joining me on piano! Call for reservations (773-278-1830) or go on-line at davenportspianobar.com. 

I'll also be participating in some wonderful larger-casted shows this fall, starting with the annual CCP Gala at the Park West on Oct. 1st - then a wonderful new show called "Songs in the Key of Chicago" on Sunday, November 5th (7PM)  at the Uptown Underground; a great space for entertainment! Cast members include producer Kevin Wood, Cynthia Clarey, Carla Gordon, Wayne Richards, Jamie Brady, and Beckie Menzie! 

Also in November, on the 11th, I'll be singing at a benefit performance of the highly successful and popular show "Blacklisted" - conceived and produced by Carla Gordon - as well as another benefit concert in recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1st - with a cast too large to print! Hope you'll be able to join me for some if not all of these great opportunities!

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