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Monty Alexander

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: June 6, 1944    

Monty Alexander

By grafting the traditions of American jazz to his authentic Jamaican roots, pianist Monty Alexander has spent a lifetime exploring the rich depths of musical and cultural diversity. In a career that spans more than four decades, he has performed and/or recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe: Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and many more.

Through it all, he continues to draw inspiration from the great icons of American music and popular culture. “All these people came from struggling circumstances,” he says. “They didn't go to music school. They came from the street. Nat Cole, Sinatra, Louis Armstrong “ they all had to hustle to get where they got. It's that story of people who can grow up in America or come to America and achieve something just because they have this great attitude and they have the talent to go with it, and they reach for something and they get it.”...
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    Uplift 2: Higher

    Jazz Legacy Productions
    2013
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    Harlem-Kingston Express Live!

    Motema Music
    2011
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    Harlem-Kingson Express: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola

    Motema Music
    2011
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    Uplift

    Jazz Legacy Productions
    2011
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    Alexander The Great - Monty Swings On MPS

    Kingston World
    2007
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    Concrete Jungle: The Music Of Bob Marley

    Telarc Records
    2006
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    Concrete Jungle - The Music of Bob Marley

    Telarc Records
    2006
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