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Monty Alexander

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among others.

Born on D-Day (June 6, 1944) and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, he took his first piano lessons at age six, although he is largely self-taught. As a teenager, he witnessed concerts by Louis Armstrong and Nat “King” Cole at Kingston’s Carib Theater. These artists had a profound effect on Alexander’s aspirations. He formed Monty and the Cyclones in the late 1950s and also recorded on sessions with the musicians who would catapult Jamaican music to international recognition as The Skatalites (Bob Marley’s first backing band).

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Events

Date Event Time Tickets
Nov21Mon Monty Alexander
DazzleJazz
Denver, CO
6:00 PM
$30
Nov21Mon Monty Alexander
DazzleJazz
Denver, CO
8:00 PM
$30
Nov22Tue Monty Alexander
DazzleJazz
Denver, CO
6:00 PM
$30
Nov22Tue Monty Alexander
DazzleJazz
Denver, CO
8:00 PM
$30
Nov23Wed Monty Alexander
DazzleJazz
Denver, CO
6:00 PM
$30
Nov23Wed Monty Alexander
DazzleJazz
Denver, CO
8:00 PM
$30
Dec3Sat Monty Alexander Trio
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Pittsburgh, PA
6:00 PM

Albums

The River Rolls On
The River Rolls On
Motema 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
Harlem-Kingson...
Motema Music
2011
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Harlem-Kingston Express Live!
Harlem-Kingston...
Motema Music
2011
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Uplift
Uplift
Jazz Legacy Productions
2011
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[no cover]
Alexander The Great -...
Kingston World
2007
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Videos

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