Sonntag, 24. Mai 2015 ca. 19:00 Uhr
Dee Alexander grew up on the West Side of Chicago surrounded by the music of Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Nina Simone.
Alexander’s versions of all-time highs and standards are both full of the singer’s improvisational power as well as of her ability to strive for the song’s inner emotional trueness with an “elastic” voice of soft love.
While most of the songs Alexander delivers are well known gems from the Great American Songbook, her interpretation is pure authenticity within the black music soul of the USA today.
This lady might just be one of the next “discoveries” in jazz for 2015 and 2016.
Stéphane Belmondo's last records lifted him to the ranks of the most remarkable jazzmen on the Old Continent: a mixture of feline power and hypersensitivity, sincere lyricism and controlled savagery, provides his playing with the kind of inspiration which stands out in a crowd. Now packing a new array of horns made especially for him by the Dutch instrument-maker Hub van Laar (the tune Brother Hub is dedicated both to the latter and to his eternal mentor Freddie Hubbard), Stéphane can express himself even more freely, with several of his own compositions throwing light on the different facets of his personality.
Alongside Belmondo you can hear the American pianist Kirk Lightsey, who appeared on Motown's first sessions before establishing himself as a partner of choice for Dexter Gordon or Woody Shaw; he's always a welcome guest on the Inntöne stage.
“Chicago-based jazz singer Dee Alexander is no stranger to high praise. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Illinois African-American Heritage Award for her contribution to the arts. Her 2009 album Wild Is The Wind (Blujazz) received a 5-star review and critical raves are piling up for her new Blujazz disc, Songs My Mother Loves.”