Monty Alexander (JM/US) – piano
Hassan Shakur ¬–¬ bass
Obed Calvaire – drums
A performance by pianist Monty Alexander and his trio elegantly weaves musical threads from Jamaica with jazz – taking in blues, gospel, bebop, calypso and reggae along the way.
Monty Alexander grew up in Jamaica and delights in mixing Caribbean influences with the music of the jazz greats. He started playing piano at clubs in Kingston when he was 15. After moving to the USA he made his name in New York, playing piano for four years during the 1960s in the house trio at Jilly’s – a piano bar owned by Frank Sinatra’s close friend Jilly Rizzo.
His musical career to date was summed up by the Jamaica Gleaner:
“With more than 70 albums to his credit under his own name, and featuring on many more, pianist Monty Alexander has traversed a wide array of musical terrain, making the world seem smaller through music. He has also amassed an enviable list of friends and collaborators, having performed with just about every major figure in jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Sonny Rollins, Milt Jackson, Quincy Jones, Bobby McFerrin and his longtime friend and compatriot, the legendary Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin.”