Jamaica’s Virtuoso Monty Alexander Is The “Star” In ‘Jazz Around the West Indies’
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 in clicking HERE. 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.