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Dee Alexander is one of Chicago’s most gifted and respected female vocalist/songwriters. 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. Some of her recent career highlights include the following: 2009 Chicago Jazz Festival--Dee Alexander and the Siren’s Orchestra; 2009 Tribute to Abraham Lincoln--Proclamation of Hope with Ramsey Lewis--Ravinia; 2008 Hope in Action--Homage to Nelson Mandela with Orbert Davis and Chicago Jazz Philharmonic--Millennium Park; 2007 Sirens of Song--Tribute to Nina Simone and Dinah Washington--Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion; 2007 AACM Great Black Music Ensemble Tribute to Fletcher Henderson--Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion; 2007 Jazz Institute of Chicago--Tribute to ”Light“Henry Huff--Columbus Park; 2007 Blue Room--Kansas City, Mo--Dee Alexander Trio with Dennis Winslett; 2006 Sweet Rhythm NYC--Passing Thru with Oliver Lake; 2006 Chicago Jazz Festival with Africa Brass Tribute to Malachi Thompson; 2006 Exquisitely for Ella Tribute - Chicago Jazz Orchestra; 2005 Millennium Park Jazz Series--Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra; 2005 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival--Douglas Ewart’s Inventions; 2005 Chicago Jazz Festival - Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) Great Black Music Ensemble. 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

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Silvia Bolognesi, discepola e maestra

Read "Silvia Bolognesi, discepola e maestra" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Da tempo considerata tra i maggiori interpreti del contrabbasso nel nostro paese, eccellente compositrice e bandleader, Silvia Bolognesi vive un momento particolarmente esaltante della propria carriera: oltre i suoi progetti di lungo corso, nazionali e internazionali, da due anni è membro dell'Art Ensemble of Chicago e, complice il suo lavoro di didatta a Siena Jazz, ha ...

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Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights: VII

Read "VII" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Back in 1995, an executive named Carl Griffin at Ramsey Lewis' record label reportedly conceived the idea of forming a jazz “super group" around the well-established Chicago pianist. The resulting all-star project, deemed Urban Knights, featured Grover Washington Jr. and a rhythm section with Omar Hakim and bassist Victor Bailey, who'd worked together in the early ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow: Music in My Mind

Read "Music in My Mind" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

After a series of well-received mainstream recordings, Chicago-based alto saxophonist Shawn Maxwell moved into a “taking more chances" mode with Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow (OA2 Records, 2016). Much of the sound there fell into the exploratory, even avant-garde area. He delves further into that territory with Music In My Mind. With albums titled Originals ...

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Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival Chicago, IL September 23-24, 2017 Even though the 11th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is on the books and the music is no longer audible, the spirit of the weekend endures. What has become an annual rite and celebration of music, culture, and maybe above, all ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

A dialogo con Silvia Bolognesi

Read "A dialogo con Silvia Bolognesi" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Silvia Bolognesi, contrabbassista, compositrice e band leader senese, è tra le più interessanti personalità del jazz italiano. Recentemente ha inoltre ricevuto un riconoscimento internazionale tanto lusinghiero, quanto meritato: la chiamata di Roscoe Mitchell per entrare a far parte del sestetto da lui formato per un progetto in onore di John Coltrane, del quale ricorre quest'anno il ...

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Hear In Now: Not Living In Fear

Read "Not Living In Fear" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

A otto anni dal loro incontro e dopo cinque dall'uscita del primo album, Mazz Swift, Tomeka Reid e Silvia Bolognesi -ovvero il fantastico trio d'archi al femminile Hear in Now -tornano con un nuovo CD, ancorché registrato in due sessioni del 2012 e del 2014. Nel frattempo non solo le tre protagoniste hanno continuato le loro ...

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Fonterossa Day #3 a Pisa

Read "Fonterossa Day #3 a Pisa" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Fonterossa Day #3 Pisa Teatro Sant'Andrea 09.04.2017 È giunto alla terza edizione il Fonterossa Day, organizzato a Pisa presso il suggestivo Teatro S. Andrea attorno all'omonima etichetta indipendente, creazione di Silvia Bolognesi, che è poi anima anche di questo vivace e gioioso minifestival. Come gli altri anni (leggi le ...

Silvia Bolognesi: Chicago Sessions

Read "Chicago Sessions" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Quello di Silvia Bolognesi con Chicago è un rapporto privilegiato, fatto di viaggi, di storia e di miti musicali, di stimolanti frequentazioni concretizzatesi discograficamente nel trio tutto al femminile completato dalla violinista Mazz Swift e dalla violoncellista Tomeka Reid per l'ottimo Hear in Now edito nel 2012. Ritroviamo la violoncellista in questo Chicago Sessions insieme a ...

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Ernest Dawkins' Live in the Spirit Residency Big Band: Memory in the Center, An Afro Opera: Homage to Nelson Mandela

Read "Memory in the Center, An Afro Opera: Homage to Nelson Mandela" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Registrata nella serata inaugurale del Chicago Jazz Festival del 2014, questa suite è un appassionato omaggio a Nelson Mandela da parte di una big band diretta dal sassofonista (ma qui non suona) e compositore Ernest Dawkins. Sedici elementi, alcuni già conosciuti al pubblico italiano come il trombettista Corey Wilkes, il trombonista Steve Berry ...


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