Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Lorez Alexandria, Jazz and Gospel Singer

Lorez Alexandria (b. Dolorez Alexandria Turner, August 14, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois – d. May 22, 2001 in Los Angeles, California[1]) was an American jazz and gospel singer.
She began as a singer in churches in her teens, and spent 11 years as part of an a cappella choir. Turning to jazz, she worked the local Chicago club scene[2] before moving to Los Angeles in 1962 to further her career.
She remains best known for her album Alexandria the Great (Impulse! Records, 1964), which featured her in a variety of contexts ranging from big bands to small groups, including several tracks with the Wynton Kelly Trio.
Other musicians she recorded with included King Fleming, Ramsey Lewis, Howard McGhee, Gildo Mahones and Houston Person.


  • This is Lorez Alexandria (with the King Fleming Quartet) (King, 1957)
  • Lorez sings Prez (King, 1957)
  • Lorez sings the band swings (King, 1959)
  • Sings songs everyone knows (King, 1959)
  • Early in the morning (with Ramsey Lewis) (Argo, 1960)
  • Sing no sad songs for me (Argo, 1960)
  • Deep Roots (Argo, 1962)
  • For swingers only (Argo, 1963)
  • Alexandria the Great (Impulse, 1964)
  • More of the Great Lorez Alexandria (Impulse, 1964)
  • Didn't we (Pzazz)
  • From Broadway to Hollywood (Trio, 1977)
  • How will I remember you ? (with Gildo Mahones) (Discovery, 1978
  • A Woman Knows (Discovery, 1978)
  • The songs of Johnny Mercer (Discovery, 1980)
  • Harlem Butterfly (with Gildo Mahones) (Discovery, 1984)
  • Tangerine (with Gildo Mahones) (Trend, 1984)
  • My one and only love (Sony, 1986)
  • Dear to my heart (with Gildo Mahones) (Trend, 1987)
  • May I come in ? (Muse, 1990)
  • Star eyes (Muse, 1993)

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