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Gig Alert: Monty Alexander

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Monty Alexander
"To The Ends Of The Earth"
Playing THURSDAY at: Birdland
(315 W. 44th St., Hell's Kitchen)
Get: Tickets ($30-40) | Directions

Jazz piano legend Monty Alexander was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He came to the States in the '60s in search of opportunities to play, and ended up getting gigs with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Milt Jackson, and Ray Brown, which was the beginning of his five-decade career. In his solo work, Alexander has focused his attention on grafting jazz onto the music of his homeland--calypso and reggae. His albums include experiments such as a Bob Marley jazz tribute recorded in Marley's own Tuff Gong studios. This track, "To the Ends of the Earth," comes from an album called Calypso Blues and is made up of Nat "King" Cole tunes played with the slightest hint of Caribbean bounce and a whole lot of swing.


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