Alexis Lombre is a young jazz pianist who discovered early that the true essence of music is not just about what you hear but how music makes you feel. Her musical mission is to keep the ‘Soul’ in music alive. The recent release of her debut album, Southside Sounds, does just that, as it is a soulful reflection of her upbringing on Chicago’s Southside. This collection of her original compositions is an attempt to pay homage to the southside’s lively artistic, cultural heritage. Since its release, Southside Sounds has been aired on radio stations across the US and is currently charting at #70 on JazzWeek.
Alexis has performed at some of jazz’s major venues in Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Newark, St. Louis and Kansas City. Most recently, she celebrated the release of her debut CD at Chicago’s historic Jazz Showcase. She appeared at the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival performing the National Anthem opening for Jimmy Heath, the Robert Glasper Experiment and the Donald Harrison Quintet. As an experienced bandleader, the Alexis Lombre Quintet was featured most recently at the 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in 2013 and 2015, the Bucktown Arts Festival, the Trinity UCC ‘Jazzapalooza’ Festival and many other festivals around Chicago. As a sidewoman, she performed at the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival with the John Douglas Quartet, the 2016 Englewood Jazz Festival in Chicago with the Donald Harrison Quartet and, the 2016 Taste of Chicago with Donnie Trumpet (now Nico Segal) & the Social Experiment. She has also played with other internationally known jazz artists such as Pharez Whitted, Bobby Broom, Ernest Dawkins, Ingrid Jensen, Kendrick Scott, James Carter, Bobby Watson and, currently studies with former Jazz Messenger, legendary pianist, Benny Green at the University of Michigan.