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“For the most part, when I play music, I smell it and see colors. Every song has its own personality, its own soul, and if I can’t feel it, I can’t play it with feeling. I don’t understand what it is that makes me different, but I feel I have very little in common with anybody else. I seem to be my own strange character. If I’m right in my motivations and attitude, amazing things happen.”—Monty Alexander, 2010

“I love Jamaica. I love America. I love them both together more than each one separately. I inhabit the rhythmic aspect of both things. I can’t explain why. I do it naturally and joyfully. I am confident and proud and privileged to say that I come from a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic thing. The slogan of Jamaica is like America’s ‘E Pluribus Unum,’ ‘out of many, one people.’”—Monty Alexander, 2014

Fifty-five years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, his home town, pianist Monty Alexander is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His spirited conception is one informed by the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition, as Alexander accurately states, “to build up the heat and kick up a storm.” In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression—the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. Like his “eternal inspiration,” Erroll Garner, Alexander—cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) and mentioned in Robert Doerschuk’s 88: The Giants of Jazz Piano—gives the hardcore-jazz-obsessed much to dig into while also communicating the message to the squarest “civilian.”

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May 06, 2019

Dr. Monty Alexander At Dazzle in Denver On May 7-8!

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Dr. Monty Alexander At Birdland On January 15-19 With "Love Letters"...

September 22, 2016

Monty Alexander's Harlem Kingston Express At Scullers On September 30th!

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Monty Alexander At The Blue Note - August 23-28 With Three Exclusive...

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Monty Alexander Trio's Historic 40-Year Reunion At Catalina Jazz Club...

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October 24, 2015

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Jazz this week: Monty Alexander, Antonio Figura, the Miles Davis statue...

September 01, 2015

Monty Alexander's Harlem-Kingston Express at the Detroit Jazz Festival...

September 01, 2015

Legendary Jamaican Piano Master Monty Alexander at Jazz At The Bistro...

July 17, 2015

Monty Alexander: Remembering Nat "King" Cole - At Scullers On July 25!

June 06, 2012

Jazz Musician of the Day: Monty Alexander

April 02, 2012

Jamaican Jazz Legend Monty Alexander's Birthday Bash Benefit Concert...

October 26, 2011

Monty Alexander: The Music of Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole - Dec 9-10...

September 02, 2011

Enter the "Monty Alexander - Harlem-Kingston Express: Live" Giveaway at...

August 03, 2011

Monty Alexander Jazz Festival Lights Up Labor Day Weekend

March 25, 2011

Monty Alexander - Uplift (2011)

March 21, 2011

Monty Alexander 50 Years in Music Celebration at the Birdland Jazz Club...

July 21, 2010

Monty Alexander Playing Five-Night Series at Jazz at Lincoln Center

July 07, 2010

Renowned Jamaican Pianist Monty Alexander For Jazz At Lincoln Center

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Discography

The River Rolls On

The River Rolls On

Motéma Music
2015

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Uplift 2: Higher

Uplift 2: Higher

Jazz Legacy Productions
2013

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

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Motéma Music
2011

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Harlem-Kingston Express Live!

Harlem-Kingston...

Motéma Music
2011

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Uplift

Uplift

Jazz Legacy Productions
2011

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Stawberry Hill

Stawberry Hill

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Harlem Kingston Express

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