Tuesday, May 01, 2018

New debut album from Alexandra Jackson: Legacy & Alchemy, as she pays hommage to the music of Brazil

Alexandra Jackson  is a new singer and songwriter from Atlanta.  A classically trained pianist, as a child her household was filled with the music of Miles Davis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Michael Jackson, as well as that of Johnny Hartman, Luciano Pavarotti, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The youngest daughter of Atlanta’s first African-American mayor, the late Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr., and businesswoman and NPR personality Valerie Richardson Jackson ... her grand aunt was Mattiwilda Dobbs, the African American coloratura soprano who was one of the first black singers to enjoy a major international career in opera.

Alexandra studied Jazz at the University of Miami, where she was exposed to a wealth of music, including Brazilian Jazz and MPB -- performing with Latin bands and Brazilian ensembles.  After finishing college, Alexandra moved to Los Angeles, where she spent time as a working musician. She then returned to Atlanta to begin performing in Jazz festivals in both the U.S. and in Europe.  She channels all of these experiences into her life and music.

... “My musical influences have provided me with a broad taste in what I listen to and how I write and think about music.  I love the music of Ivan Lins, Djavan, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, as well as that of Sarah Vaughan,Oscar Peterson,Take 6,Tony Bennett and Chaka Khan.  And,as a member of Generation X, I also embrace the music of Maxwell, D’Angelo, the Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai ... It really just goes on and on.”
Her debut project: "Alexandra Jackson: Legacy & Alchemy" indeed channels this new artist's 4 primary musical loves and experiences: Brazilian Music, American Jazz & Soul, NeoSoul, and London Soul Jazz ... into a music alchemy intended for contemporary audiences worldwide.

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