2014 NPR Best Jazz Vocal
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. Dee Alexander was the 2012 3Arts Southwest Airlines Awardee (Music-Vocalist) which assisted in funding her CD project, "Songs My Mother Loves" and also raised additional monies through the 3Arts 3AP Crowd Fund. www.3Arts.org.
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”
Dee Alexander's band is composed of some of the best and most creative musicians in Chicago.
Miguel de la Cerna
2015 News about Dee
Where and when she is bringing her fabulous music to the world.
Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival Sandton Convention Centre 161 Maude Street Sandton, Johannesburg 2196 South Africa The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival Johannesburg is the biggest jazz festival in the north, taking place in September at the Sandton Convention Centre, Southern Africa’s leading and most prestigious, multi-purpose exhibition and convention centre.
Dec 11, 2015 – 7:00 pm – Dee w/Voices Heard!! Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Cities in celebration of the AACM’s 50th Anniversary
12.11 Dee w/Voices Heard!! in celebration of the AACM’s 50th Anniversary Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Cities Voices Heard!! in celebration of the AACM’s 50th Anniversary Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N. Central Park Chicago, IL
Made in Chicago http://www.madeinchicago.pl/ Voices Heard!! in celebration of the AACM’s 50th Anniversary November 26-29, 2015 Poznan, Poland
Chicago Humanities Festival Four Women: The William & Greta Wiley Flory Concert Francis W. Parker School, Diane and David B Heller Auditorium – 2233 N Clark Street, Chi, IL
October 15, 2015 – 8:00 pm 10.15 Dee @Jazz sur son 31, Toulouse France Toulouse, France October 16, 2015 – 8:00 pm 10.16 Nancy Jazz Pulsation, France Nancy, France October 17, 2015 – 8:00 pm 10.17-18 Dee @Sunset/Sunside Paris, France October 30, 2015 Deutsch Jazzfestival Frankfort 2015 AACM Vocal Ensemble AACM Now Generation Kartenvorverkauf beim hr-Ticketcenter[…]
September 5– Chicago Jazz Festival Jay Pritzker Pavillion – 5:00pm Douglas Ewart and Inventions
Sept 4 – Chicago Jazz Festival – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn by The Chicago Jazz Orchestra Special Guest – Dee Alexander
September 4 – Chicago Jazz Festival Jay Pritzker Pavillion – 8:30pm Jeff Lindberg and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn by The Chicago Jazz Orchestra Special Guest – Dee Alexander
September 3 – Chicago Jazz Festival – What is This Thing Called Jazz: From Mainstream to AACM and Beyond
In an annual educational/informational feature of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the wondrous vocalist Dee Alexander, with pianist Miguel de la Cerna, will present “From Mainstream to AACM and Beyond.” Alexander will talk about her involvement with the AACM and its influences on her and perform. A rare opportunity to get inside the artistic process[…]
August 20 – Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz/AACM Chicago presents Dee w/Great Black Music Ensemble: Move: An Afrofuturistic Ijó
August 20 – Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz/AACM Chicago presents Great Black Music Ensemble: Move: An Afrofuturistic Ijó Jay Pritzker Pavillion 6:30 pm
Dee Alexander Quartet 11am – 3pm August 27 – Andys Jazz Club 11 E. Hubbard