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Alexandria the Great

AlexandriaThis week on Night Lights it’s “Alexandria the Great,” a program devoted to the late 1950s and early 1960s recordings of the little-known singer Lorez Alexandria, who left a Chicago gospel background behind for the world of jazz, recording with Ramsey Lewis, Wynton Kelly, and others. Often compared to Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae, Alexandria also liked to lag behind the beat, assuring nervous bandmates, “Don’t worry, I’ll catch up at the end.” We’ll hear music from her two Impulse LPs, Lorez Alexandria the Great and More of the Great Lorez Alexandria, as well as two early King LPs and an Argo LP, Early in the Morning, done with Lewis’ trio and members of the Count Basie band.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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My One and Only Love
Lorez Alexandria — Lorez Alexandria the Great (Impulse, 1964)
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Then I'll Be Tired of You
Lorez Alexandria — Singing Songs That Everyone Knows (King, 1959)
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Better Luck Next Time
Lorez Alexandria — Singing Songs That Everyone Knows (King, 1959)
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Get Me to the Church on Time
Lorez Alexandria — Lorez Alexandria the Great (Impulse, 1964)
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Show Me
Lorez Alexandria — Lorez Alexandria the Great (Impulse, 1964)
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The Best Is Yet to Come
Lorez Alexandria — Lorez Alexandria the Great (Impulse, 1964)
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No Moon at All
Lorez Alexandria — Deep Roots (Argo, 1962)
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I've Grown Accustomed to His Face
Lorez Alexandria — Lorez Alexandria the Great (Impulse, 1964)

Notes: Break music.

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Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Lorez Alexandria — Lorez Sings Pres (King, 1957)
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There Will Never Be Another You
Lorez Alexandria — Lorez Sings Pres (King, 1957)
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Good Morning Heartache
Lorez Alexandria — Early in the Morning (Argo, 1960)
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When I Lost My Baby (I Almost Lost My Mind)
Lorez Alexandria — Early in the Morning (Argo, 1960)
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The Wildest Gal in Town
Lorez Alexandria — More of the Great Lorez Alexandria (Impulse, 1964)
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This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Lorez Alexandria — More of the Great Lorez Alexandria (Impulse, 1964)
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Little Boat
Lorez Alexandria — More of the Great Lorez Alexandria (Impulse, 1964)
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Over the Rainbow
Lorez Alexandria — Lorez Alexandria the Great (Impulse, 1964)
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Baltimore Oriole
Lorez Alexandria — Songs That Made the Phone Light Up (32 Jazz)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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