On March 6, Dee Alexander entertained a full house at the Levy Center.
Photo by Heidi Randhava
On March 6, Dee Alexander entertained a full house at the Levy Center. Photo by Heidi Randhava

The Jamming Jean Music Series kicked off with a live performance by vocal virtuoso Dee Alexander at 5 p.m. March 6  at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. Every seat in the house was taken, with guests arriving as early at 3 p.m. for the free concert. Reasonably priced, locally catered food and a cash bar were available before and during the performance.

Ms. Alexander and her ensemble clearly delighted the audience in the casual, relaxed atmosphere of the Levy Center’s Maple Room, where there was room to dance and dine even with the large crowd.

“It’s wonderful. She is an excellent singer. I’m really enjoying it,” said lifelong Evanston resident Shirley Yarbrough.

Born on Chicago’s West Side, Ms. Alexander is one of Chicago’s most gifted and respected female vocalists/songwriters. Her musical talents span every genre, from gospel to R&B and from blues to neo-soul, but she is best known for performing Jazz music that reflects a passion and love of music that comes across in each and every note. Among numerous other honors, Ms. Alexander was named the 2014 Jazz Vocalist of the Year by NPR.

The Jamming Jean Music Series is free and open to the public thanks to the Levy Senior Center Foundation in collaboration with sponsor Symphony of Evanston. The lively concerts are designed to reflect the cultural diversity of the Chicagoland area with a wide variety of musical guests and themes.

The next concert in the series, Chicago-based Funkadesi world music group, is scheduled for 5 p.m. on June 5 at 5p.m. Updates will be circulated if events sponsored by the Levy Senior Center Foundation are postponed to protect the health of prospective guests.

The Levy Senior Center Foundation was created to provide funds to the Levy Senior Center to enhance its programming, offset expenses and improve the facility. The partnership between the Foundation and the City of Evanston enables the Levy Senior Center to sustain its programming and facility.