Dee Alexander Quartet with very special guest Dwight Trible

Saturday, September 24, 6:00-7:00pm

Wagner Stage

Vocalist DEE ALEXANDER continues to wow audiences across the world, most recently in France and Corsica, and, in May, at Chicago’s Symphony Center for a Sarah Vaughn tribute. She was honored as “Jazz Entertainer of the Year” in 2008 and 2010 by the Chicago Music Awards, named Chicagoan of the Year [in jazz]” by the Chicago Tribune, and called the city’s best singer by Chicago Magazine in 2009. Her talents span every music genre, but it is through her seemingly effortless and powerful jazz performances that she is known, locally, nationally, and internationally. Her CD, Wild Is the Wind received a rare five-star rating from DownBeat Magazine. Her recent CD, Songs My Mother Loves, continues to receive great accolades. The Chicago Reader has called her “a true diva . . . with an innate theatricality and enough pure musicality to overwhelm most of the instrumentalists with whom she shares the stage.”  Triumphant at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival, Dee’s performance there was selected by New York Times critic, Ben Ratliff, as one of his 10 best of 2013, describing it as a “standout performance . . . [which] was both low key and extraordinary, with well-worn standards and risky originals, earthiness and high-flown mysticism.“

A Los Angeles native, Dee’s guest musician, vocalist DWIGHT TRIBLE, has been described as “more than a singer[;] the guy is [L.A.’s] main local conduit for cosmic electricity; he opens his mouth and the spirit pours out." He has also been described as “a legend on the quiet, a retrospective waiting to happen.” Over an impressive career, Dwight has worked with everyone from Bobby Hutcherson and Charles Lloyd to Harry Belafonte. In addition to performing with his own group, the Dwight Trible Ensemble, he is the vocalist with the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet and also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples’ Arkestra.  Dee and Dwight are accompanied by MIGUEL DE LA CERNA, piano; JUNIUS PAUL, bass; and YUSSEF ERNIE ADAMS, drums.