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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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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

Harlem-Kingson...

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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