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Monty Alexander Trio at Longwood Gardens

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Monty Alexander Trio
The Ballroom at Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA
February 11, 2017

It's generally a good sign for any show if the players onstage are smiling and laughing more than anyone else in the room. If there's been one main constant to Monty Alexander's music over his 59-year career, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chuck Redd: Happy All the Time

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The complete title of this carefree and charming studio date is Chuck Redd Remembers Barney Kessel. The reasons why are many. Here are two: first, Redd worked with Kessel from 1980-91 as a drummer in the Great Guitars group and in Kessel's trio, during which time the two became close friends; even more than that, says ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

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

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

MONTY ALEXANDER TRIFECTA
AT THE BLUE NOTE THREE GREAT BANDS IN A ONE WEEK RUN!
AUGUST 23-AUGUST 28 The great Jamaican born pianist Monty Alexander thrills audiences wherever he goes- from the Montreux Jazz Festival to the great jazz clubs of the world. This month the Master brings in three different bands, showcasing ...

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Larry Fuller Trio at Jazz at Kitano

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Larry Fuller Trio
Jazz at Kitano
New York, NY
November 22, 2015

While jazz is a music founded and fed on innovation, it's also an art form steeped in tradition, forwarded through the passing of the torch to the next generation(s) in order to keep the life force of the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Legendary Jamaican Piano Master Monty Alexander at Jazz At The Bistro on September 9 & 10

Legendary Jamaican Piano Master Monty Alexander at Jazz At The Bistro on September 9 & 10

THE LEGENDARY JAMAICAN PIANO MASTER MONTY ALEXANDER JAZZ AT THE THE BISTRO RARE ST. LOUIS APPEARANCE! One of the BEST shows you'll see this year! TWO NIGHTS ONLY!
SEPTEMBER 9 & 10 Monty Alexander has performed or recorded with the masters including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins! In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

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

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

SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
JULY 25 With Special Guest Vocalists
Allan Harris & Caterina Zappponi MONTY ALEXANDER: REMEMBERING NAT “KING" COLE: with special guest vocalists Allan Harris and Caterina Zapponi, plus Hassan Shakur (bass), Obed Calvaire (drums) and Randy Napoleon (guitar). Master pianist Monty Alexander leads a heartfelt exploration of one of his ...

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Duke Ellington Orchestra at Arizona Musicfest

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Duke Ellington Orchestra
Highlands Church
2015 Arizona Musicfest
Scottsdale, Arizona
February 6, 2015

The Duke Ellington Orchestra delivered a solid mix of swing and ballads from the colossal repertoire of its namesake and his gifted composing colleague, Billy Strayhorn. The enduring sophistication of their collaborative creativity was interpreted by a ...

ARTICLE: RHYTHM IN EVERY GUISE

The Ambidextrous Greg Bufford

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Accompanied by his father, a boy approaches the drum kit, stops and stares, transfixed by the array of shapes and gleaming surfaces. Without a moment's hesitation, Greg Bufford, the man sitting on the drummer's throne, makes eye contact, smiles, and proffers an impromptu demonstration of articulate, swinging brush strokes. The sounds satisfy the boy's curiosity and ...

Monty Alexander: Uplift 2: Higher

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This blazing CD is the official follow-up to the splendid Uplift, which in 2011 was one of the first releases from John Lee's fledgling label, Jazz Legacy Productions. Blending Alexander's past and present compadres--referred to here as “two timeless trios"--Higher features seven tracks with the peerless John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums, and ...

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Monty Alexander: New York, February 20-March 4, 2012

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Monty Alexander: 50 Years in Music & 50 Years of Jamaica
The Blue Note
New York, NY
February 20-March 4, 2012
Monty Alexander set out an ambitious agenda in trying to showcase all the many facets of his 50-year career in music during this two-week stint at the Blue Note. ...