Frankie Alexander at Sharp Nine

Frankie Alexander, a jazz vocalist, and a native North Carolinian, has been in the Triangle area since the 70s. Being a vocalist, she’s mad about the words, as proven by her 2007 CD, “Mad About the Words”! Ms. Alexander is part of the history of the Durham jazz scene via of her association with many of its past wonderful players, Yusuf Salim, Bus Brown, Al Neese, to name a few, who by some magical power, congregated at a small, eclectic restaurant/jazz club on Chapel Hill St known as Sallam Cultural Center! There Alexander, along with many jazz musicians who currently perform in the area, was nurtured and nourished in the spirit of the art of jazz. For Ms. Alexander that spirit is what draws musicians and aficionados, alike, to the Durham Jazz Workshop/Sharp 9 Gallery like bees are drawn to nectar.
Of Ms. Alexander’s music, Jerome Wilson of Cadence Magazine wrote, “Frankie Alexander is also a very good singer full of a conviction that recalls Sarah Vaughan or Abbey Lincoln. She caresses the words on “Moonlight In Vermont” and “Once I Loved” while exploding on “Taking A Chance” and “At Long Last Love.” Her singing isn’t technically polished but that does not matter because she makes an emotional connection to what she sings, creating performances that are haunting and affecting. Frankie Alexander seems to be one of those vocalists who can bring heart to whatever she sings.”
Ed Paolantonio – piano
Robert Trowers – trombone
Robbie Link – bass


September 9, 2023 8:00 pm Venue: Sharp 9 Gallery Jazz Club