Princess of jazz to play at Alex’s Place

Princess of jazz to play at Alex’s Place

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Dana Williams performs at Alex's Place this Saturday. — Ian Maxion

Alex’s Place at the YMCA will play host to a young artist making waves on the modern jazz and hip-hop scenes this weekend. On Saturday, July 19, singer Dana Williams will bring her effortless voice and timeless lyrics to the stage at 8 pm.

With inspirations such as Queen of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Ms. Williams writes and records her own music and covers that of others. Hailing from a musical family (her father was guitarist David Williams), the 24-year-old singer’s vocals and natural stage presence have recently landed her a collaboration with rap artist Freddie Gibbs and the role of soundtrack artist for music executive Damon Dash’s new fashion line.

Along with original jazz melodies, her repertoire includes Lana Del Rey pop hits, folk songs by Band of Horses, and Americana by the likes of Shovels and Rope. Ms. Williams’s cover of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac with actress/musician Leighton Meester garnered more than 1 million Youtube views, and she has earned thousands of views for her originals and solo covers.

Tickets are $12 in advance at ticketsmv.com; $15 at the door. For more information about Ms. Williams and Alex’s Place, visit alexsplace.net.

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