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Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander Returns To NYC’s Jazz Standard

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Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander.

Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Jan. 10, 2017: Grammy-nominated, award-winning Jamaican jazz pianist and band leader, Monty Alexander, will begin the New Year in fine style as he returns to the Jazz Standard, one of NYC’s renowned jazz clubs, from Jan. 31st to Feb. 4, 2017 for ten shows under the theme: “Looking Back.”

Alexander kicks off a five-night series of shows on January 31st by looking back on his career of pure jazz performances as he remembers and revisits his musical journey in jazz and jazz collaborations with some of the greatest giants of the genre between 1959 and 1977.

On Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st, Alexander, along with special guests Warren Wolf, (vibraphone), and Ron Blake, (tenor sax), will reprise songs from the Impulse! LP: ‘That’s The Way It Is,’ an outstanding album by the Milt Jackson Quintet – featuring Alexander, Ray Brown and Teddy Edwards that was recorded live in 1969 at Shelly Manne’s Manne–Hole in Los Angeles.

On Feb. 2, 2017, the jazz maestro, whose “right-hand lines ring out with the power of a great vocalist” according to NPR, will remember legends Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson and Norman Granz and Jazz at the Philharmonic/Montreux 1977.

The show wraps up on Friday, Feb. 3rd and Saturday, Feb. 4th with a special Jamaican fusion spotlight as Alexander, Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction, and his band, the Harlem-Kingston Express, bring the vibes of his beloved homeland to their fans, while remembering Clement Seymour “Sir Coxsone” Dodd, CD and Studio One, one of Jamaica’s most influential record producer whose record label and recording studio has been described as the ‘Motown of Jamaica.’

Show times are 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. nightly. Caribbean and other jazz fans who call New York City home can secure their tickets for the shows here or by logging on to the Jazz Standard website. Tickets are $35 for per show from Jan. 31st to Feb. 2nd and $40 per show from Feb. 3rd – 4th.

For over a decade, the Jazz Standard, at 116 E 27th St, New York, NY, has been setting the standard for world-class jazz, warm hospitality, pitch-perfect sound and award-winning Southern cuisine and barbecue in an intimate and comfortable environment.

Alexander is an American classic. His performances have been called pure magic by many journalists and jazz fans around the world and his sets are undoubtedly “a refined concept of groove.” This extraordinary musician continues to tour the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His energetic pieces, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm,” as Alexander puts it.

In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to a 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 is 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.’

Alexander’s voluminous discography includes albums for many labels including MPS, Concord Music, Island Jazz, Telarc and Studio One. Two of his most fondly remembered professional associations was with legendary jazz entrepreneur and producer Norman Granz, who conceived of Jazz at the Philharmonic back in the late 40’s/50’s and “Sir Coxsone Dodd.” The pianist recorded “Monty and the Cyclones” between 1959-1961 for Studio One and released three LPs on Granz’s Pablo label in the 70’s – Jamento (1978), In Tokyo (1979), and Soul Fusion (1978) by Milt Jackson & The Monty Alexander Trio.

For more on Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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Hard Beat Communications

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Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander For Chicago’s Jazz Showcase

Legendary Piano Master And Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

Legendary Piano Master And Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Nov. 14, 2016: Grammy-nominated, Jamaican jazz pianist and band leader, Monty Alexander, is coming to the legendary Chicago Jazz Showcase later this month.

Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express band, whose blend of music combines jazz seamlessly with the reggae genre of his homeland, will play the Chicago Jazz Showcase from November 24-27, 2016. Show times are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. nightly.

The Jazz Showcase is the oldest historic jazz club in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1947 by Joe Segal and is now owned and operated by Wayne Segal, Joe Segal’s son.

Caribbean and other jazz fans who call Chicago home can see the award-winning Jamaican musician and his band by securing their tickets for the shows here or by logging on to the Chicago Jazz Showcase website. Tickets are $45 and $25, respectively, per show.

Alexander is an American classic. His performances have been called pure magic by many journalists and jazz fans around the world, and his sets are undoubtedly “a refined concept of groove.” This extraordinary musician continues to tour the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His energetic pieces, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm,” as Alexander puts it.

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 is 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.’

For more on the Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander Is Coming To Miami Nov. 5th

Legendary Piano Master And Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

Legendary Piano Master And Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Oct. 11, 2016: Monty Alexander, the Grammy-nominated legendary Jamaican jazz musician known for his spirited musical conceptions that can appeal to even the squarest civilian, is coming to Miami early next month.

Alexander along with his Harlem-Kingston Express Band will bring together the musical worlds of American jazz, calypso, bebop and the music of his native Jamaica into one grand show set for the main stage of the South-Miami- Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC), 10950 SW 211 Street Cutler Bay FL 33189, on November 5, 2016 from 8 p.m.

Caribbean and other jazz fans who call South Florida home can see the award-winning Jamaican musician and his band by securing their tickets for the one-night only show here or by logging to the South-Miami- Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) website. The Jamaica Tourist Board and representatives from the Jamaica Consulate in Miami are also set to be in attendance.

Alexander is an American classic. His personal history with Miami dates back to 1961 when he first migrated there from Jamaica. A year later, he began what he calls his “adventures” as a professional musician.

“I’m looking forward to being back in the city where it all got started and to sharing my musical journey with the fans,” said Alexander.

This extraordinary musician continues to tour the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His energetic pieces, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm,” as Alexander puts it.

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 is 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.’

For more on the Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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Jamaica’s Legendary Jazz Great Monty Alexander & The Harlem Kingston Express For NYC Performance

Legendary Piano Master And Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

Legendary Piano Master And Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Aug. 24, 2016: Legendary Grammy-nominated piano master and Jamaica’s Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander, along with the magnificent Harlem Kingston Express (HKE) band, are set to lead fans across a musical bridge of Jamaican ‘riddims’ and American classical jazz in New York City this weekend.

Inspired by the amazing triple gold medal wins in Rio of Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt and on the heels of the conclusion of the Summer Games of the 31st Olympiad, Alexander and the HKE  will host a celebration of both musical genres at the popular Blue Note Jazz Club at 131 W. 3rd Street in Manhattan, NY on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th from 8 and 10:30 p.m., respectively, each night.

The two-night, four concert series is sure to get fans of Alexander’s blend of infectious jazz rhythms up and on their feet. Tickets for this Jamaican musical celebration in the Big Apple are $30 per person for the bar and $45 per person for a table booking. For reservations book here or log on to http://www.bluenote.net/newyork/schedule/moreinfo.cgi?id=14353 or call (212) 475-8592.

ABOUT 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.

Alexander today remains an American classic. 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. At 71, he tours the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His spirited conception, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm,” as Alexander puts it.

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 is 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.’ He gives the hardcore-jazz-obsessed much to dig into while also communicating the message to the squarest “civilian.

For more on the Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616 (phone)

felicia@caribpr.com(email)

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Jamaica’s Legendary Jazz Great Monty Alexander To Mark 40th Anniversary Reunion Of One Of The Great Trios In Jazz

Jazz greats Monty Alexander, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton will mark the 40th anniversary reunion of one of the great trios in jazz on July 10, 2016 in Hollywood, CA.

Jazz greats Monty Alexander, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton will mark the 40th anniversary reunion of one of the great trios in jazz on July 10, 2016 in Hollywood, CA.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. July 6, 2016: It’s the reunion that will have jazz lovers humming as Jamaica’s Legendary Jazz Great Monty Alexander returns to the stage with  Grammy-winning bassist John Clayton and renowned drummer Jeff Hamilton to mark the 40th anniversary reunion of one of the great trios in jazz.

The historic event is set for the prestigious Catalina Bar & Grill 6725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, on July 10th from 7:30 P.M. PDT. On the same date, 40 years ago – July 10, 1976 – the trio of Alexander, Clayton and Hamilton, recorded the original classic album ‘The Monty Alexander Trio ‎– Montreux Alexander – Live! At The Montreux Festival.’

The original album was well received and featured some of Alexander’s finest recordings for the MPS label with Clayton and Hamilton. It was reissued on CD featuring Alexander playing “Satin Doll,” “Work Song” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and a version of “Feelings.”

For tickets to this one time can’t miss performance, see here

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

MONTY ALEXANDER

monty-alexander

Pianist Monty Alexander is an American classic. At 71, he tours the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His spirited conception, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm,” as Alexander puts it.

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 is 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.’ He gives the hardcore jazz-obsessed, much to dig into while also communicating the message to the squarest “civilian.”

For more on the Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

JOHN CLAYTON

John-Clayton

John Clayton is a natural born multi-tasker, excelling as a composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, and an extraordinary bassist. His skills have garnered him a number of challenging assignments and commissions. With a Grammy on his shelf and eight additional  nominations, artists such as Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, and Charles Aznavour vie for a spot on his crowded calendar. Clayton is the co-founder of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and is a former bass teacher at Cal State Long Beach, UCLA, USC and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Now, in addition  to individual clinics, workshops,  and private students as schedule permits, he also directs the educational components  associated with the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Centrum Festival, and Vail Jazz Party.

His career highlights include arranging the ‘Star Spangled Banner” for Whitney Houston’s performance at Super Bowl 1990, which went platinum;  playing bass on Paul McCartney’s CD “ Kisses On The Bottom;”  arranging and playing bass with Yo-Yo Ma and  Friends on “Songs of Joy and Peace;” arranging playing and conducting the 2009 CD  “Charles Aznavour With the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra,” and numerous recordings with  Diana Krall, the Clayton Brothers, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz, Orchestra, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and many others.

JEFF HAMILTON

Jeff-Hamilton

Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is  one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, the Clayton Brothers or co-leading the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Hamilton’s recording, ‘It’s Hamilton Time,’ (Lake Street Records), received enormous  airplay while reaching #5 on the Gavin national jazz radio chart.

His trio’s second release, ‘Jeff Hamilton Trio-LIVE!,’ (MONS) was nominated by critics for best jazz recording in Germany in 1997. The trio’s second MONS release was entitled, ‘Hands On.’ ‘Hamilton House-Live at Steamers,’ (MONS) was the trio’s 2000 release.

As well as recording and performing throughout the world, Hamilton also teaches, arranges and composes. He has received rave reviews for his dynamic drumming. In addition to his many recordings with Ray Brown, Hamilton has been on nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Milt Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, Dr. John, Clark Terry, Gene Harris, Toshiko Akioshi, Scott Hamilton, Harry “ Sweets”  Edison, Keely Smith, Bill Holman, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel and Mark Murphy. He is a frequent guest of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany and has also appeared in Natalie Cole’s Great Performances PBS special, ‘Unforgettable’ and an Oscar Peterson documentary, ‘Life In The Key Of Oscar.’

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Legendary Piano Master Monty Alexander To Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month At Dizzy’s Jazz Club Coca Cola

Legendary piano master and Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

Legendary piano master and Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander. CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 1, 2016: Legendary piano master and Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander, along with the magnificent and expanded version of the Harlem Kingston Express (HKE) band, will lead a celebration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month from tonight, June 1st at a premier New York City jazz location.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 1, 2016: Legendary piano master and Jamaica’s Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander, along with the magnificent and expanded version of the Harlem Kingston Express (HKE) band, will lead a celebration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month from tonight, June 1st at a premier New York City jazz location.

Alexander and the HKE band will return to Dizzy’s Jazz Club Coca Cola @ Jazz at Lincoln Center from tonight, Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 5th in what is being billed as an energetic show that will blend the musical genre of classical jazz and the rhythms of the Caribbean seamlessly.

The Jamaican-born musician, whose performances the Wall Street Journal describes as ‘an outrageously good time,’ “will be telling stories of his own and Jamaica’s musical history, with special guests throughout the week.”

Alexander will be joined by top musicians and guests throughout the week including:

Hassan Shakur – the acoustic bassist who learned to play bass at age four through the guidance of his father, pianist Gerald Wiggins, Sr. and still plays for the Duke Ellington Orchestra which the joined at age 18.

Dan Wilson – the jazz guitarist who has toured with three-time Grammy nominated jazz organ legend, Joey DeFrancesco and released his debut album, ‘To Whom It May Concern’ in 2012.

Obed Calvaire – the Haitian-roots drummer who has performed and recorded with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Seal, Eddie Palmeri, Vanessa Williams and Mary J. Bilge among others.

Andrae Murchison – one of the most versatile and talented trombonist of his generation who has performed on The Letterman Show and at numerous festivals, concert halls, and venues worldwide.

Clark Gayton – a composer, trombone and tuba player and band leader who has played with some of the finest jazz musicians in the world, such as Charles Tolliver, Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, Ted Nash and Odeon, Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra Nancy Wilson, and Ray Charles and who is also the founder of the Ritual, Ltd. label and Lautir Publishing.

Popular Jamaican drummer and percussionist Karl Wright

Electric bass player Joshua Thomas

Electric keyboard player Earl Appleton

Award-winning Guitarist Andy Bassford

Wendel Ferraro – the Montego-Bay, Jamaica born jazz singer who also goes by the name. ‘Jr. Jazz,’ and singer of ‘Love Is Waiting There,’ which was heavily promoted through black music video channels and who recently released recordings with Ikronik, now available on iTunes.

And Duane Stephenson –  the Kingston-born Jamaican reggae singer whose album ‘From August Town,’ released in 2007, was included in Billboard’s “Six Essential Albums Heralding Roots Rock’s Resurgence and whose song “Rasta For I” became a favorite. Stephenson, whose third album ‘Dangerously Roots: Journey from August Town,’ was released in September 2014, will perform on June 4th and 5th.

Show times nightly at Dizzy’s Jazz Club Coca Cola  are 7:30 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. EST. To make reservations log on here or directly to http://www.jazz.org/dizzys/events/168391/monty_alexander/ or reserve by phone

at: 212-258-9595.

Born on D-Day, June 6, 1944, Alexander was playing Christmas carols by ear at 4, entertaining neighbors and relatives by 5 and taking his first piano lessons at 6. Fifty-five years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, home town pianist Alexander is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects and delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message.

2016 will mark the seventh edition of the namesake ‘Monty Alexander Jazz Festival’ in Easton, Maryland, for which he has served as Artistic Director and perennial performer every Labor Day weekend since 2010.

Alexander’s 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.”

With more than 70 recordings under his belt, Alexander 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, Bobby McFerrin, and many more.

In August 2000, the Jamaican government designated Alexander Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. In 2015, the great modern pianist Donald Vega released With Respect To Monty, which included his interpretations of seven Alexander compositions.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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Monty Alexander & Friends: Frank Sinatra at 100 With Kurt Elling in Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center – February 12-13, 2016, 8 p.m.

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Monty Alexander & Friends will perform from February 12-13, 2016 at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center. (Joe Martinez Image)


CaribPR Wire, New York, NY February 1, 2016 – At 17 years old, a serendipitous encounter with Frank Sinatra and his long-time pal Jilly Rizzo changed the trajectory of Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander’s career forever: Alexander would soon become the house pianist for the famed Jilly’s club in New York City and develop a unique relationship with its most famous patron.

Sinatra’s centennial elicits fond memories of Alexander’s time spent at the intimate hangout, and with the help of GRAMMY® Award-winning and DownBeat Critics Poll-dominating singer Kurt Elling, he will share stories and anecdotes from a treasured and rare perspective. A masterful pianist, Alexander’s career spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most important figures in jazz, like Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie, as well as an illustrious recording career as a leader.

National touring artist Elling, referred to by The Guardian as, “a kind of Sinatra with superpowers,” will provide his vocal interpretation of the classic tunes, of which he is no stranger to. Joining the duo will be bassist Hassan Shakur, guitarist Frank Vignola, hand drummer Robert Thomas Jr., and drummer Dennis Mackrel. This early, nurturing period in which the young pianist and an iconic hero spontaneously mused on saloon songs up into the wee hours of the night is a Valentine’s weekend treat sure to satisfy both nostalgic and contemporary tastes.

Sinatra songs featured in the concert will include “Young at Heart,” “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” “Luck, Be a Lady Tonight,” “The Summer Wind” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Tickets to Monty Alexander & Friends can be purchased through at jazz.org, 24 hours a day, or via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor. Box Office hours: Monday–Saturday from 10am to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain) and Sunday from noon to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain).

Hot Seats, $10 seats for select shows in Rose Theater, are available for purchase to the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance. Subject to availability. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Hot Seats Ticket Discount Program is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Please visit jazz.org for more information.

Press Inquiries:
Danielle Bias
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Jazz at Lincoln Center
dbias@jazz.org
212-258-9807

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Legendary Piano Master and Jamaica’s Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander Remembers Nat ‘King’ Cole

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. July 9, 2015: Legendary piano master and Jamaica’s Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander, will lead a heartfelt exploration of one of his musical heroes, Nat ‘King’ Cole, later this month in Boston.

Alexander, along with special guests Caterina Zapponi, his lovely wife and singer, and Allan Harris who recorded a Cole tribute of his own entitled ‘Nat King Cole: Long Live the King;’ will lead the ‘Monty Alexander: Remembering Nat ‘King’ Cole’ salute at Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Road in Boston, Massachusetts on July 25th.

Alexander, whose performances the Wall Street Journal describes as “an outrageously good time,” says Cole became an inspiration from the moment he heard his albums in his parent’s home as a little boy in Jamaica.

He later saw Cole perform live. That performance and music from his childhood left an indelible mark on Alexander. So much so that in 2009, he released his recording ‘Calypso Blues: The Songs of Nat ‘King’ Cole.’

Alexander later played on Natalie Cole’s classic tribute album to her father, ‘Unforgettable: With Love.’

“Non Dimenticar,” Cole’s Italian hit, was lovingly recreated with Zapponi helping Harris on vocals. On the tune, Alexander reprised the lovely, lilting Nat-like piano component that he played behind Natalie Cole on “Unforgettable: With Love.”

Show times on July 25th are 8 and 10 p.m., respectively and the Boathouse 400 Restaurant and Scullers Jazz Club are offering a dinner and show package at $75 per person. For Tickets log on to http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6037235&pl=scullers or for more information call 617-562-4111 or email: info@ScullersJazz.com. For more on the Sculler’s show log on to scullersjazz.com

OTHER UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Alexander will also play NJPAC in New Jersey on July 31st before coming to New York on August 1st where he will play the King’s Theatre in Brooklyn. On September 9th, he heads to St. Louis for a major performance at the Jazz Bistro. For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist performance schedule see montyalexander.com.

ABOUT ALEXANDER

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. With more than 70 recordings under his belt, Alexander 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, Bobby McFerrin, and many more.

In August 2000 the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. And in 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination.

In the summer of 2012, Alexander was also awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz,” while in November of the same year, he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. His ‘Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On,’ was released in April on the Motéma Music label and remained for weeks at number one the Jazz radio charts.

In 2012 also, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy nomination and last year, ‘Harlem Kingston Express Vol. 2’ was nominated for a Soul Train award.

Alexander maintains a rigorous touring schedule worldwide, from jazz clubs to concert halls and playing at Jazz Festivals. In Hal Leonard’s 2005 book ‘The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time,’ Alexander is listed among the top five Jazz pianists of all time.

You can like Alexander on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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Hard Beat Communications

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Jamaica’s Legendary Music Great Monty Alexander For Toronto On April 25th

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. April 14, 2015: Fresh from a one night performance in The Windy City of Chicago, Jamaican-born award-winning jazz great, Monty Alexander and his Grammy-nominated band, the Harlem Kingston Express are heading to Canada.

Alexander and his band will take over the Royal Conservatory Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada for a one night performance on April 25th as part of the 2014-2015 Season.

Toronto jazz fans, including Caribbean Canadians, are being urged to get their tickets now to ensure a seat for a night that will be truly unforgettable. “Our brand of jazz lets people get up and dance as we infuse traditional jazz with a dash of Caribbean culture that truly is a true representation of this beautiful region and its people,” said the award-winning musician.

Show time will be 8 p.m. sharp and tickets starts at CDN$35.  For tickets call the box office at 416.408.0208 or logging on here or at http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/harlem-kingston_express

Alexander will return with his band to the U.S. for a performance in the Big Easy, New Orleans, on Thursday, April 30th. There he will play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. Tickets can be purchased here for the annual festival, that will feature others greats like Elton John, Ed Sheeran and No Doubt or by logging on directly at  http://www.ticketmaster.com/shoppinglist/1B004E2676E61721

Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica. With 70 recordings under his belt, he has performed globally with renowned artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett among numerous others.

In August 2000 the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. And in 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination.

In the summer of 2012, Alexander was also awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz,” while in November of the same year, he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. His ‘Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On,’ was released in April on the Motéma Music label and remained for weeks at number one the Jazz radio charts.

In 2012 also, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy nomination and last year, ‘Harlem Kingston Express Vol. 2’ was nominated for a Soul Train award.

Alexander maintains a rigorous touring schedule worldwide, from jazz clubs to concert halls and playing at Jazz Festivals. In Hal Leonard’s 2005 book ‘The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time,’ Alexander is listed among the top five Jazz pianists of all time.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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Jamaica’s Virtuoso Monty Alexander Is The Star In Jazz Around the West Indies

Monty Alexander's will ‘star’ in "Jazz around the West Indies" at the Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City from Sept 17-21, 2014.

Monty Alexander's will ‘star’ in "Jazz around the West Indies" at the Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City from Sept 17-21, 2014.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. September 8, 2014: From Grammy nominee to Commander in the Order of Distinction and Caribbean American Heritage Luminary, Jamaica’s virtuoso, Monty Alexander, has achieved them all in his more than five decade career. This September, Alexander will add another stripe to his lengthy portfolio as he ‘stars’ in “Jazz around the West Indies” at the Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City.

Alexander and his award-winning group, the Harlem Kingston Express, are set to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center show from September 17-21 in the five-day series that is a first for the legendary New York City jazz venue.

“I’m urging all my West Indian fans to come on down to Dizzy’s and experience this unique showcase of genre-and culture-blending music that is evocative of our Caribbean region,” said Alexander. “It will be a West Indian party in the shadows of Central Park.”

Reservations for the historic show at Broadway and 60th Street on the 5th Floor in Manhattan can be obtained here or by logging on directly to http://dizzys.jalc.org/index.php?option=com_dizzyclub&view=performances&event_id=12895. Show times nightly are 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. For bookings call 212-258-9595. Tickets are  $40 nightly and $45 for the Saturday night performance.

Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica. With 70 recordings under his belt, he has performed globally with renowned artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett among numerous others.

In August 2000 the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. And in 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination.

In the summer of 2012, Alexander was also awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz,” while in November of the same year, he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. His ‘Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On,’ was released in April on the Motéma Music label and remained for weeks at number one the Jazz radio charts.

ALEXANDER’S 2014 TOUR SCHEDULE

September 13 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Jazz at the Capitol Theater w/ Harlem Kingston Express

October 7 – Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre

October 8 – Roswell, NM, The Liberty

November 8 – Cape May, NJ, Jazz Festival w/ Harlem Kingston Express

November 14 – France, Conilhac Festival de Jazz, w/Trio

November 15 – Bordeaux, France, Bordeaux Auditorium, w/Trio

Dec. 26-31 – Washington, DC, Blues Alley.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616 (phone)

felicia at caribpr dot com (email)

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