Strollin' Jazz Festival
&
The Grand Opening of the Stone Horse Green

Arts + Literature Laboratory and Middleton Community Development Authority present the Strollin' Jazz Festival and Grand Opening of the Stone Horse Green with a special 2-day event Friday-Saturday, October 7-8, 2022.

The celebration will kick off with our annual Friday night Strollin' neighborhood jazz crawl in venues throughout downtown Middleton, including the Mustard Museum, Villa Dolce, Louisianne's, Middleton Senior Center, and the Stone Horse Green.

On Saturday, the festivities will include more live jazz on the Stone Horse Green, along with family arts activities, dancing, and the opening ceremony. We'll close the night with a headlining performance by the Alexander/McLean Quartet featuring Chicago's Dee Alexander, vocals; John McLean, guitar; Emma Dayhuff, bass; and Charles Rick Heath IV, drums.

The full schedule for both days will be announced soon.

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Dee Alexander is one of Chicago’s most gifted and respected female vocalist/songwriters. Her talents span every music genre, from Gospel to R&B, from Blues to Neo-Soul. Yet her true heart and soul are experienced in their purest form through her performance of Jazz music. From a soft, sultry traditional ballad, to a contemporary Jazz-Funk groove; from a high flying swing, to a scat-filled romp, Dee Alexander delivers each style with a passion and love of music that comes across in each and every note, and with a style and grace that is truly her own. Besides being a phenomenal headliner in her own right, Dee has shared the stage with Ahmad Jamal, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, Gerald Albright, Roy Ayers, Joshua Redman, and the O’Jays. Not being one to ever feel that the spotlight has to belong exclusively to her, Ms. Alexander has lent her considerable talents as a backup vocalist to the live performances of an array of many other well known artists i.e., Michael Bolton, Phil Perry, Willie Clayton, and Zora Young. Dee has also formed the Evolution Ensemble which is an acoustic group that consists of string instruments and percussion with a strong emphasis on original compositions.