Jazz and Blues guitarist and singer Dida is a rising star of the New York City music scene. In the few months since arriving in New York Dida has performed at Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club, BBKings, Dizzy’s at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Highline Ballroom (opening for Yemen Blues), The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, Fat Cat Jazz club, Pianos and other notable music landmarks.
Her performances around town are attracting larger crowds as the buzz about Dida‘s guitar wizzardry and great stage charisma begins to spread in music and hipster circles. In the short time she’s been living in New York, the talented vocalist/guitarist has garnered the interest and fascination of some of the industry’s most influential veterans. Dida has performed in music festivals around the world to great popular approval, and has recorded a CD with some of today’s jazz greats – Roy Hargrove and Gregory Hutchinson – on the quality Italian label ‘Red Records’. Her style seamlessly weaves influences from many genres, elegantly moving from jazz to blues to folk to popular music. She charms and captures worldwide audiences with her distinct personality, unique voice, and virtuosic guitar playing.
‘Plays and Sings’ - a jazz standards CD, was produced for Red Records by Fabio Morgera during her first year in NYC; All About Jazz chose it as one of the best albums of 2011. Dida has also recorded with The Diva Jazz Orchestra playing Johnny Mandel‘s music, and also appeared recently in Italy at the Padova Jazz Festival, Napoli and Milano, at Switzerland’s Bern Jazz Festival and Israel’s Tel Aviv Jazz Festival.
After graduating from the prestigious Jazz Department of the Thelma Yellin High School in Tel Aviv, Dida was chosen by the Israeli Army to serve as an Outstanding Musician. Dida was offered full scholarship at the New School in New York where she graduated it with honors. She is a recipient of the prestigious AICF scholarship.
“Her voice is young, sometimes teasing (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”) and warm. It’s a bit like a younger Nora Jones. Most of the tunes here are from the jazz canon, with familiar melodies, but her delivery shows promise that takes her beyond just another girl singer”
- Kyle O’Brien, Jazz Society of Oregon
“Dida Pelled sings and plays with equal skill, and her one of kind sound—steeped in tradition while residing deep in a dream—mark her as an artist deserving greater attention”
- Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
“Pelled’s voice and guitar tone complement each other in their simplicity and warmth. Playfully sexy and intelligent, Pelled’s talent exists as a complete package, perfectly capable of solo performance, but clearly benefiting from the company”
- Michael Bailey, All About Jazz