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Monty Alexander

“For the most part, when I play music, I smell it and see colors. Every song has its own personality, its own soul, and if I can’t feel it, I can’t play it with feeling. I don’t understand what it is that makes me different, but I feel I have very little in common with anybody else. I seem to be my own strange character. If I’m right in my motivations and attitude, amazing things happen.”—Monty Alexander, 2010 “I love Jamaica. I love America. I love them both together more than each one separately. I inhabit the rhythmic aspect of both things. I can’t explain why. I do it naturally and joyfully

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Spodie's Back

Read "Spodie's Back" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Still a teenager when signed to Quincy Jones' Warner Bros. subsidiary, Qwest, trumpeter Derrick Shezbie was nonetheless a veteran on this debut as leader--having been playing in the traditionalist Rebirth Brass Band for several years already. Produced by fellow Crescent City native Delfeayo Marsalis, “Spodie's Back" is a much more modernistic outing than anything ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Chuck Redd: 40 Years On the Road

Read "Chuck Redd: 40 Years On the Road" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Chuck Redd is a busy, busy man. This interview took place after one of his many sets during the North Carolina Jazz Festival, which celebrated its fortieth anniversary at the beginning of 2020. Coincidently, Redd is also celebrating his 40th anniversary of being on the road as one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers and ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Adds Puss N Boots Featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones & Catherine Popper, And Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise Added To Headliner Lineup

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Adds Puss N Boots Featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones & Catherine Popper, And Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise Added To Headliner Lineup

Tickets are now on sale for two more headliners added to the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival 2020 headliner lineup – Puss N Boots- featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones & Catherine Popper, and Wynonna & The Big Noise. Puss N Boots—featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones & Catherine Popper will perform on Friday June 19. Puss N Boots ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Charleston Jazz Festival 2020

Read "Charleston Jazz Festival 2020" reviewed by Martin McFie

Various Venues Charleston Jazz Festival Charleston, SC January 23-26, 2020 Jazz Festivals are like people, six years old is still in infancy, but everything has to start somewhere. Historically, the city which gave birth to the Charleston dance craze and was the inspiration for Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, deserves The Charleston ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Chuck Redd With the Kevin Bales Trio At The Jazz Corner

Read "Chuck Redd With the Kevin Bales Trio At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie

Chuck Redd with the Kevin Bales Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 3-4, 2020 Masterful musicians make excellence look easy. It's not always immediately obvious, the quality becomes evident through its sustained presence, like a spreading smile. The band opened with “Tricotism" written by early bebop ...

Wareika Hill - Rasta-Monk Vibrations

Label: MACD
Released: 2019
Track listing: Up Wareika; Misterioso; Nutty; Bye-Ya; San Francisco Holiday a.k.a. Worry Later; Rhythm-a-Ning; Brilliant Corners; Well You Needn't; Bemsha Swing; green Chimneys; Monk's Dream; Abide with Me; Well You Needn't (live at the Paris Philharmonie); Wareika Goodbye.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Another year, another wealth of goodies, and as usual it seems unfair to narrow down so many fine offerings to only a dozen favorites. Also as usual, there were a couple late discoveries that would have deserved to be included here last year if I'd known about them at the time. Belated credit goes to the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Monty Alexander, Trombone Shorty, Bonerama And More

Read "Monty Alexander, Trombone Shorty, Bonerama And More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with a titan in the world of jazz, Monty Alexander. He does his rendition of “Day O Banana Boat" and discusses his latest Monk album and so much more. We also feature a Frank Sinatra tune to memorialize a big moment in the life of Monty. From there, we focus on the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Monty Alexander at the Avalon Theater

Read "Monty Alexander at the Avalon Theater" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Monty Alexander and Friends The Avalon Theater Easton, MD August 31, 2019 “Ten years," Monty Alexander wryly observed at the center-stage microphone with a disbelieving shake of the head. “Ten years of this festival, and 75 years as me." It was a celebration of multiple anniversaries at the weekend-long Labor Day ...


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