"JAZZ VOCALIST OF THE YEAR"

DEE ALEXANDER

2014 NPR Best Jazz Vocal
Dee Alexander, Chicago’s most gifted & respected female vocalist /song writer

Her talents span every music genre, from Gospel to R&B, from Blues to Neo-Soul. Yet her true heart and soul are experienced in their purest form through her performance of Jazz music. From a soft, sultry traditional ballad, to a contemporary Jazz-Funk groove; from a high flying swing, to a scat-filled romp, Dee Alexander delivers each style with a passion and love of music that comes across in each and every note, and with a style and grace that is truly her own. Besides being a phenomenal headliner in her own right, Dee has shared the stage with Ahmad Jamal, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, Gerald Albright, Roy Ayers, Joshua Redman, and the O’Jays. Not being one to ever feel that the spotlight has to belong exclusively to her, Ms. Alexander has lent her considerable talents as a backup vocalist to the live performances of an array of many other well known artists i.e., Michael Bolton, Phil Perry, Willie Clayton, and Zora Young. Dee has also formed the Evolution Ensemble which is an acoustic group that consists of string instruments and percussion with a strong emphasis on original compositions.

  • VOTED BEST SINGER BY CHICAGO MAGAZINE

    "Alexander can scat-sing, stretch a melody way out and stay in tune, or coo her way through a ballad."

  • JAZZ ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AT THE CHICAGO MUSIC AWARDS

    Often described as "a singer's singer," Alexander's talent has earned her wide recognition.

  • CHICAGO TRIBUNE "CHICAGOAN OF THE YEAR IN JAZZ AWARD"

    ...the Chicago Tribune said, "Equally adept in mainstream swing and outer-fringe experimentation, big-band jazz, and small-group fare, Alexander stands as a jazz vocalist for all occasions."

  • CHICAGO MUSIC AWARDS “JAZZ ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR”

Evolution Ensemble

Dee Alexander's band is composed of some of the best and most creative musicians in Chicago.
Scott Hesse
guitar
Scott Hesse – With more than twenty years as a music professional, Scott Hesse knows his stuff. He has performed in top clubs in New York, Chicago, and throughout the country, alongside a diverse array of musical artists. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, Scott is known in the jazz scene as a solid talent and an innovative soloist. And he doesn’t mind sharing his secrets.
Tomeka Reid
cello
Tomeka Reid – Chicago based cellist, composer and educator, Tomeka Reid has been described as
Junius Paul
bass
Junius Paul has established himself as a first call electric and acoustic bassist on the Chicago music scene. Pual was born and raised in the Chicago area and is a graduate of St. Xavier University. He is well-established in many genres, ranging from jazz to hip-hop, house music, funk, classical and gospel, and his passion for music shows consistently in all of his playing.
Ernie Adams
drums
Yusef Ernie Adams – Drummer, percussionist, composer, producer and educator Ernie Adams has been playing professionally since age 15. Adams appears on over 100 recordings and his performance and production credits include movie soundtracks and radio and television jingles. In particular, he performed and co-wrote the soundtrack, and appeared in, the 1995 motion picture A Family Thing starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones.

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