Nearly sixty years after moving to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, Grammy nominated-pianist Monty Alexander is an American music master. Among the jazz cognoscenti, he is considered one of the very best to ever practice the art form. In the book, The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time, he is cited as the 5th greatest pianist in jazz history.
Documented on more than 75 recordings, Alexander has toured with many of the most important names in jazz music, including Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, and Randy Weston. He has led some of the most outstanding piano trios and groups in jazz music, and has been a pioneer in the fusion of Jamaican music, popularly known as Reggae, and modern jazz music.
As a band leader, he has been touring the world relentlessly with various projects since the 1960s, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His spirited musical conception is one informed by the timeless verities: memorable melodies, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition to, as Alexander states, “build up the heat and kick up a storm.” In his performances, Alexander applies those aesthetics to a repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expressions—the Great American Songbook, blues, gospel, bebop, calypso, and reggae. Alexander will be joined on this concert date by bassist Luke Sellick and drummer Jason Brown.
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