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.

MY NEXT PERFORMANCES:

Next up for me is the exciting Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention held at the Park West in Chicago; April 20th and 21st! I'm thrilled to be joining a host of prestigious cabaret singers from Chicago and New York for these wonderful evenings of music!

Then I will be temporarily setting down the microphone and picking up the baton to conduct a wonderful "Sing-Along Messiah" on Sunday afternoon, May 21st at the First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville - complete with full orchestra and some of the best soloists from the midwest. Grab your score and join us!

After that, I will be singing in two concerts as part of a Jazz Festival in Elkhart, Indiana on June 24th and 25th. For these fabulous shows featuring the music of Cole Porter and the audio/visual talents of Charles Troy, I will be joined by singer/pianist extraordinairre, my friend, Elizabeth Doyle. We will also be presenting our Cole Porter show on Wednesday afternoon, June 7th, at the Skokie Theater! Join us!!

Looking ahead, I'm thrilled to now also be getting into the meat of my next CD! I expect it will be released this fall, coinciding with my new show at Davenport's Cabaret on Oct. 21, 28, and Nov. 3rd. Hope to see you there - and thanks for your interest!

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