Dig this engaging episode of “Notes From The USA,” in which rising Northern Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance continued his tour of the United States by exploring many of the unique places that define the city of Detroit and celebrate its rich history, from Hitsville USA (now the Motown Museum) to the birthplace of the Model-T Ford to Cliff Bell’s legendary and recently remodeled jazz club, where he happened to find Alexis Lombre and promptly fell in love with her music, her style, and her effervescence.
To help raise funds for The Merit School Of Music, where she originally refined her skills as an emerging pianist, Alexis appeared at “Play On,” a benefit gig held at the Chicago City Winery, and continued her steady ascent to the forefront of today’s jazz scene. In this clip from WGN TV, she treats the viewers to a performance of her self-penned “The Blues In Tyne,” a delightful homage to jazz legend McCoy Tyner and a track on her addictive 2017 album “Southside Sounds.”
In a recent article highlighting the prominent Detroit women, living and deceased, who made an indelible contribution to the world of music, Billboard magazine used the occasion of the Detroit Jazz Festival to mark the legacy of the late Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, as well as jazz pianist, organist, harpist and composer Alice Coltrane, contemporary jazz violin virtuoso Regina Carter (cousin of tenor saxophone wizard James Carter), and the Motor City’s adopted Alexis Lombre.
Alexis Lombre Southside Sounds (Independent)
Radio Add Date: January, 30, 2017
1. A Blues in Tyne (6:32)
2. Lonely Path (6:24)
3. Shuga (6:23)
4. I’m Tired (6:08)
5. Why I Don’t Know (5:53)
6. Caravan (6:17)
*All songs written & arranged by Alexis Lombre but “Caravan” (J. Tizol & D. Ellington)
Alexis Lombre – piano Rajiv Halim – tenor saxophone (track 1) Irvin Pierce- tenor saxophone (track 3 &5) Ernest Melton – tenor saxophone (track 6) Junius Paul- bass (tracks 1-3,5) James Wenzel- bass (track 4) DeAndre Manning- bass (track 6) Greg Artry- drums (tracks 1-3,5) Jeremiah Collier- drums (track 4) Zach Morrow- drums (track 6)
“Young pianist Alexis Lombre, has a bright future” – Mark Stryker/Detroit Free Press
“Ms. Lombre has a ton of chops and a great melodic sense… If you want to have your mind (and ears) blown, wait ‘til you hear “Blues in Tyne” for you!” – Paul Abella/WDCB Public Radio
When people think of Chicago’s Southside, they typically reference only violence and tragedy, which too often overshadows its beautiful cultural history. This collection of original compositions reflects my attempt to pay homage to this lively artistic, cultural heritage along with some of Chicago’s best musicians.
Now available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
Tune into “Trading Fours” with Peter Brown and Alexis Lombre on Sunday mornings at 9am on WCBN 88.3 FM! Listen here
Composed, arranged, and produced by Alexis Lombre.
‘A Night for Us: Colorful Soul’ Debut 9.29
I curated new monthly series at the Canterbury House geared to celebrate and put a spotlight on artists of color around the Ann Arbor area. Every month a featured artist will perform a half hour set followed by an open mic until 10pm. So bring your friends! There will be free soul food! Click here for more information.
Englewood Jazz Festival 9.17
I performed with the Donald Harrison Quartet, the Young Masters Quartet and the Live the Spirit Residency Big Band at the 2016 Englewood Jazz Festival in Chicago. (Photo credit: Traci Lombre)
Back to back Jazz Fests 9.3-9.4
I had the amazing time performing at the Detroit Jazz Festival on Saturday with trumpeter John Douglas and his Quartet and then I returned on Sunday to perform as the Alexis Lombre Quintet
The Alexis Lombre Quartet, featuring vocalist, Meagan McNeal, at the 2016 MCA Tuesdays on the Terrace Performance Series, Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 from 5:30pm-8pm. Free admission!
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago ·220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago IL 60611·(312)280-2660· (In case of rain, the event takes place inside the MCA Café)