@ Blue Note Jazz Club – Show @ 12:30AM (Doors @ 12AM)
Alexis Hightower, singer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and actress, brings a soulful vibe to jazzy R&B and makes music you want to listen to again and again. Described by critics as “mesmerizing” (Ebony.com, 2013) “blissful…and imaginative” (Soultrain.com 2015), Alexis’ chic sound is a sophisticated mix of classic Jazz touched with the Hip-Hop and classic Soul music she was grew up on.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Alexis grew up in California and made the long-anticipated move to New York City during the heyday of hip hop, spoken word and neo-Soul in the 1990’s. A piano player and singer from a young age, Alexis’ search for her sound led to collaborations with emerging talents including Roy Hargrove, Kareem Riggins, Duane Eubanks, Saul Williams and more. An artist whose work is a true fusion of her Soul music influences, Alexis’ sound relies on lyricism and rhythm, layered over the silky textures of acoustic elements played with feeling and finesse.
A performer with a natural affinity for stages big and small, Alexis has headlined at coveted NYC venues including Ginny’s Supper Club, SOB’s, Joe’s Pub, The Bitter End, and BRIC (TV), and made her European festival debut at the San Sebastian Music Festival in Spain in 2001. That same year she released a self-produced EP, “Lucy’s Blues,” and later toured throughout Spain and Austria with her band. Alexis also traveled to Japan as a dancer for Afrobeat artist, Wunmi in 2004. An accomplished actress and trained dancer, Alexis has appeared in multiple Broadway national tours along with several Off and Off-Off Broadway theater productions.
Girl Next Door, Alexis’ first full-length album, consists of nine songs the artist, composed over several years. Featuring performances by a heavy-hitting lineup of NYC-based players including Duane Eubanks (trumpet) and David’s Bowie’s long-time guitar-man Gerry Leonard along with Alexis multi-tasking on sequencing and keyboard parts, Girl Next Door is a prosaic, ensemble-driven journey through the life and times of a young artist.
Girl Next Door continues to enjoy steady airplay at college stations nationwide – an indie project with solid appeal, the album broke into the top ten charts at several outlets. Bloggers, aficionados, tastemakers and fans agree – Alexis Hightower is a modern artist who is breaking boundaries and winning over music-lovers one soulful note at a time.« Back to Events