Chicago's incomparable Dee Alexander performed last night at the Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase. It was Dee's birthday weekend, so cake and birthday cards were aplenty. Dee's set featured songs from her latest albums, Songs My Mother Loves. Among favorites, were Butterfly and the Nancy Wilson classic, Guess Who I Saw Today--Dee's version is far more developed than Wilson's, with improvised verses and drawn out suspense. She opened with a terrific version of Duke Ellington's Caravan.
With Dee, were pianist Miguel de la Cerna, drummer Yusef Ernie Adams, and bassist Jeremiah Hunt.