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Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club Presents Jazz Pianist Monty Alexander

By O'Jay Burgess on Nov 23, 2012 03:14 PM EST

One of the greatest exports out of Jamaica Monty Alexander will be at Jazz at the Lincoln where he will perform songs from his Grammy-nominated "Harlem-Kingston Express," Friday to Sunday.

Joining the Jamaican jazz pianist will be Earl Appleton on keyboards, Hassan Shakur on bass, Joshua Thomas playing the Jamaican bass Courtney Panton on drums while Karl Wright will play the Jamaican drums and Andy Bashford on guitar.

"As a consummate entertainer with genuine international pedigree, he is a man who never forgets his roots, fusing the creative essence of his native land with the jazz legacy of past collaborators like Gillespie, Rollins and Sinatra. Monty Alexander really is a musician who has it all," said LondonJazz.

Another fan of Alexander and his latest album was David Rickert from allaboutjazz.com and he praised the blend the artist offers to listeners.

"It's difficult to merge two genres while keeping the best parts and still remaining faithful. The Harlem-Kingston Express does just that, and Alexander it to be credited with creating a terrific fusion of genres."

Alexander began his love for music back in his native Jamaica where he discovered the piano at the age of 4.He took classical music lessons at 6 and became interested in jazz piano at the age of 14 and began playing in clubs.

Alexander cites Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly and Ahmad Jamal as his major influences and in 1961 Alexander and his family moved to Florida and in 1962 moved to New York where he played alongside the likes of the great Frank Sinatra.

Monty Alexander- Harlem Kingston Express (No Woman No Cry)

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