Dee Alexander is Chicago’s most gifted and respected vocalist but at the same time a real gem in not long-listed community of the best female jazz singers in the world. Her talents span every music genre yet her true heart and soul are experienced in their purest form through her performance of jazz music, singing with such interpretive depth and dramatic power - from a soft, sultry ballad to a scat-filled romp. Growing up in a household that was steeped in recordings of Dinah Washington, Dee Alexander names Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald among her major influences. As well as Chicago saxophonist Henry Huff, setting her on the path to becoming one of the world most accomplished vocal improvisers. She boasts long and fruitful associations with Chicago’s jazz elite; including Ramsey Lewis, Orbert Davis, Nicole Mitchell, Ernest Dawkins, Chicago Jazz Orchestra and many others. Dee is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Basically leading her own quartet, Dee has formed the Evolution Ensemble, an acoustic group that consists of string instruments and percussion. Dee Alexander’s CD “Wild As The Wind” from 2009 (dedicated to Dinah Washington and Nina Simone) is her best, and considered by many ас one of ten best jazz releases in the first decade of the new Millennium. Dee last project, “Songs My Mother Loves”, has received rave reviews and is intended to not only to express thanks and pay tribute to her mother for inspiration and influence, but also to pay homage to the music that has become such a significant part of her life.
20 October Macedonian Opera and Ballet, 22:00