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Songs My Mother Loves

by Dee Alexander

ee Alexander’s first CD, Wild Is The Wind (Blujazz), received a five-star review from Downbeat magazine. Dee’s new CD’s theme, also on Blujazz, can be simply stated in her own words, “Mother gave me a great gift by weaving music into my life, and I now p
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1. As Long as Your Living
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2. Now or Never
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3. Guess Who I Saw Today
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4. Peridido
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5. Lonesome Lover
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6. Nature Boy
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7. Letter from Home
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8. What a Difference a Day Makes
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9. Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
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10. Soul Serenade
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11. Peridido
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“Newport Jazz Fest. A standout performance at this year’s festival by a jazz singer from Chicago; it was both low key and extraordinary, with well-worn standards and risky originals, earthiness and high-flown mysticism.” - New York Times - Best Concerts of 2013, Ben Ratliff

Dee Alexander’s first CD, Wild Is The Wind (Blujazz), received a five-star review from Downbeat magazine. Dee’s new CD’s theme, also on Blujazz, can be simply stated in her own words, “Mother gave me a great gift by weaving music into my life, and I now pay tribute to her with “Songs My Mother Loves”, giving thanks for her inspiration, influence, guidance, and homage to the music that is now an important part of my life and connects us through love.”

Among the premier vocalists and songwriters in American music today, Dee has delighted audiences and impressed critics with her flawless intonation, her interpretive brilliance, her intrepid improvising, and the range of genres that she commands. Her performances span virtually every music genre related to the African diaspora: gospel, blues, neo-soul, rhythm-and-blues, and world music. But her true heart belongs to jazz, the one idiom that can encompass all her influences. From a sultry ballad to a contemporary funk groove, high-flying swing to a romping scat solo, she delivers every note with a passion and grace that leave her listeners limp.

In addition to leading her own bands, which include her innovative Evolution Ensemble, Dee has been a vital contributor to some of the most important groups and projects to take shape in Chicago over the last two decades – from mainstream big-band tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington to large-scale compositions premiered by her fellow members of the world-famed AACM (the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). She has lent her talents to the bands of such major Chicago artists as flutist Nicole Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, and Ernest Dawkins. She has shared stages with such iconic musicians as Ahmad Jamal, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, Roy Ayers, Joshua Redman, and the O’Jays, and appeared on a panoply of TV commercials. Dee’s television performances also include Proclamation of Hope (WTTW-TV), a tribute to Abraham Lincoln composed by Ramsey Lewis; comedian Bernie Mac’s HBO special Midnight Mac; Portraits in Color (WBBM-TV); and Going Home Gospel featuring Patti LaBelle (WTTW-TV PBS).

Internationally, Dee has performed frequently at festivals and series in Paris, Tel Aviv, Poznan, and Milan, Perugia, and Orvieto, Brazil, the French Alps, Switzerland, Finland, Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg. In the U.S., she has appeared at Newport Jazz Fest, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Ravinia; Sweet Rhythm in New York City; the Blue Room in Kansas City, and the Pritzker Pavilion at Chicago’s Millennium Park, where she scored a major success in trumpeter Orbert Davis’s 2008 presentation Hope In Action, a multimedia homage to Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday.

In 2007, Ms. Alexander was named “Chicagoan of the Year” (in jazz) by the Chicago Tribune, and in 2008 as well as 2010 she received honors as “Jazz Entertainer of the Year” from the Chicago Music Awards. Chicago Magazine named her the city’s best singer in 2009; that same year she received the Alyo Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts from Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago. In 2011, she was celebrated by the NAACP for her outstanding achievements in the arts. In February 2012 she was the recipient Jesse White Illinois Secretary of States’ African American Heritage Award for her contribution to the arts.

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