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Dina DiMarco and Mike Gaboardi: Jazz Duo

May 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dina DiMarco and Mike Gaboardi have been playing and performing as a duo since May of 2020. Both recently graduated from Western Connecticut State University’s music department, where their musical journey as a duo began. During their junior year at WCSU, Dina and Mike had the privilege of being in a jazz performance ensemble together coached by Dr. Jimmy Greene. It was there that they realized how naturally and effortlessly they played together. Only slightly deterred by the pandemic, Dina and Mike have been performing as a duo ever since. They both boast an eclectic taste in music and this is reflected in their diverse setlist. Their constantly renewing repertoire incorporates American songbook standards, folk, rock, R&B, pop hits from the 1960s – present, and much more.


Dina is a vocalist and educator based in Connecticut. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and studied jazz voice under Atla DeChamplain. Dina comes from a versatile performance background in not only jazz and contemporary music, but musical theater as well. She studied with grammy-nominated vocalist/pianist Rachel Eckroth through the Women in Jazz Organization. Her diverse background gives a lively unique approach to her performances. Dina now regularly performs throughout CT, most commonly in her acoustic jazz duo “Dina and Mike” consisting of herself on vocals and Mike Gaboardi on guitar. She is a part of a new group “Out of Orbit” featuring originals by Ryan Papagelis with original lyrics by Dina herself and freelances with other groups per request. Some of Dina’s biggest musical influences consist of Jon Hendricks, Anita O’ Day, Flora Purim, and Donna Summer.


Mike Gaboardi  is a western Connecticut based guitarist and music educator. He has been playing and performing music for his entire life and recently graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a BS in music education. During his time there, he studied jazz guitar with Chris Morrison. He currently teaches private guitar, bass, and piano lessons at several lesson studios around the western Connecticut area. He also works as a freelance musician, playing with groups such as “Out of Orbit,” “The B.A.N.D.” and others. The most fruitful of these groups has been the “Dina and Mike” duo featuring the voice of Dina DiMarco. Mike’s guitar playing is inspired by many different styles of music including jazz, jazz fusion, fingerstyle folk, classic rock, and funk. He has a passion for improvised music of all types and is constantly improvising when performing. Follow him on IG @mgabaordi_music.



May 20
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT
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(860) 347-4957

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