"My music career up to this point has been like an old Bentley running out of gas. Spurts of loud, serious progress mixed with stalling points. I have played music professionally for 20 years-the last 10 have been with the Double Bass. The Bentley finally found a trustworthy Gas station."
As a performer for the last 20 years, Dinah D has seen a lot of road, a lot of faces and a lot of backstage greenrooms. With one foot in the Blues/Swing genre the other in Soundscape/Folk/Bluegrass/Poetry/Experimental; she has been a busy gal. Her multi-award winning band, The Kerplunks has probably been the biggest BANG yet, taking Dinah D to the JUNO awards 3 times.
Some of the musicians Dinah D has worked with in the last few years include: Doug Cox, Salil Bhatt, John Boutte, Ramkumar Mishra, Ken Whiteley, Harry Manx, Kim Beggs, Valdy, The Be Good Tanyas, Gary Fjellgaard, Bob Bossin, The Kerplunks.... to name a few.
Dinah D has finally put together her all-star band "Dinah D’s Contraband Swingclub". Always fascinated by early 20th century swingband music, Dinah D finds herself emulating this style in her writing for the Swingclub. DD’s Contraband Swingclub has one scintillating album under their belts: Most Definitely Live.
Other projects keeping Dinah D busy are: soundscape composition to silent film, performance poetry + storytelling (accompanying herself on Upright Bass), and some very grand Community Collaboration Projects. All this complimenting her already established solo Vocal and Upright Bass career.
"Dinah D is a West Coast gem, a real rarity, whose presence, style, and sound will all stick in your head from the very first time you hear her. Dinah is not only a solid upright bass player—thumping out that low register downbeat almost effortlessly—she’s also a gifted singer; a seductive contra-alto with a wry sense of humour. Dinah’s skill as a performer is backed up by strong song-writing talent with roots that go deep—far back to the days of Viper jazz—and a sound that is steeped in the blues. If you get the chance to see Dinah perform, do not hesitate to make the gig!"-James Booker, CHLY Radio Malaspina