Delorez Alexandria Turner, 14 August 1929, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 22 May 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA. Like so many other young black singers, Alexandria began singing in church and later performed gospel music. Her early professional career was centred in clubs and took off towards the end of the 50s with a series of well-received albums. After working with Ramsey Lewis she began to concentrate on jazz, recording extensively with Howard McGhee, Wynton Kelly and others during the early 60s. Around this time she relocated to the west coast, singing on television, recording and playing club dates. Alexandria sang with a deep, burnished tone and if her interpretations of a composers intentions sometimes came second to her exploitation of her wide range of vocal devices, she remained one of the better, if lesser-known, jazz singers. Late period albums such as 1978s A Woman Knows, which includes what might well be the definitive version of the much-recorded song I Cant Get Started, and 1984s Harlem Butterfly are musical tours de force.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.