Primary Instrument: Piano
She’s played for Pearl S. Buck of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize fame and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
It's Jazzed. It's Blues. The Cabaret crowd is very pleased. Cosmopolitan Rock will do but why quibble. Just let her play.
Rock legend Richie Havens said, She's a one woman show. There's a Broadway aspect to her that is unmistakable.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Message Music Founding Father, two-time Grammy winner Kenny Gamble said, Given only one word, 'Strong' best describes Wynne’s music, her performances and lyrics. Her record as a voice for social justice is equally bold and impressive...
Began life as an investigative journalist, says training in a newsroom was the best music conservatory possible, just finished writing a history book on the Civil Rights and Protest Movements where she convinced 17 music superstars to donate their lyric and sound rights to better illustrate the study. The book, GET IT FROM THE DRUMS, is being used throughout the Philadelphia School System as a text book. It is the first and only music-infused Civil Rights curriculum in the country.
More comments from Coretta Scott King, B.B. King and Muhammed Ali, plus the music can be heard on WynneAlexander.com
To repeat, her music nearly pales. For Alexander's haughty, smoky sound took into consideration the grainy bass quiver of Bryan Ferry, the heady romanticism of Billy Strayhorn, and the blues-imbued jazz classicism of Hazel Scott - sometimes all at once.
The invaluable Lee created rumbling ferocity (on Controlez-Vous) and pumping syncopation worthy of a Bob Fosse finale (Catch a Ride).
Yet Alexander strode on deep, darkly humored ground, cuttingly crooning and swooning low through the lyrical crossfire of kiss-off cabaret (Semi-Dream State) and leering rockabilly-filled blues(Tell Me 'Bout the World), whose wit was as wily as her piano fills.
Philadelphia CityPaper-United States
Inspired by Gershwin, Ellington and Armstrong, Take Back the Night is but a bit denser and darker than its predecessor, Knowing Love by Its Absence. With hints of Marlene Dietrich, Bryan Ferry and Al Green in her voice and a sentimentality lacking in all things saccharine, the new one is hard, classically tinged, boisterous cabaret-blues that never lacks in divine elegance...
World Art Celebrities Journal-Paris,France
Wynne calls her music “Cosmopolitan Rock”. I call it a rosary of glittering beads of virtuosity, warmth, elegance and beauty. Human, very human. Celestial in its musical evocation, yet down to earth and explosive in its delivery. Her style is a bouquet of refined sophistication and a mad volcano of emotions and daring intimacy...Ms. Alexander should not be compared to anybody. This woman is multi-dimensional and marvelously innovative in her music interpretation, musicality illustration, deep enigmatic voice, piano elegant performance imbibed with personal experience and daring look at the universe which surrounds her... Wynne Alexander’s CD is a music treasure. A trilogy of human depth, innovative musicality and a captivating mood setter.
Winner-Top Albums of 2006 CollectedSounds.com - United States and The World
You can call it cabaret or jazz or blues or lounge or even pop. But it's really none of those and all of them at once...Wynne's voice is deep and sultry, think Marlene Dietrich...Listen to this record a few times and I know the songs will implant themselves in your head. Yes, that's a good thing. They are very grand. There's a lot of instrumentation going on here... Even six years later and listening to thousands of new albums since then, she's still one of a kind.
Wynne Alexander has a deep, sensuous voice that comes to its right on this CD. She writes sharp, imaginative lyrics and unusual melodies...Wynne Alexander is an intriguing new artist and hopefully she'll make more records like this one.
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