Monty Alexander, who received his first Grammy nomination earlier this year for the Motéma recording Harlem-Kingston Express: Live, will celebrate 50 years in music and the 50th anniversary of Jamaica in a two-week star-studded run at the Blue Note.
Part 1 of the event, titled “The Full Monty,” will begin with his current band The Harlem-Kingston Express with special guest Ernest Ranglin on February 20 and revisit a number of significant recordings and ensembles that are landmarks in his diverse musical career: Triple Treat Revisited with Christian McBride & Russell Malone (2/21 – 2/22); Uplift! Trio with guests Dr. Lonnie Smith (2/23) and Pat Martino (2/24); A Jazz Tribute to Trinidad with Othello Mkolineaux, Etienne Charles & Designer (2/25); A Night At Jilly’s with Dee Dee Bridgewater and Freddy Cole (2/26); and a special reunion of the legendary ’76 Montreux Trio featuring John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton (2/27 – 2/28).
Part 2, titled “A One Love Celebration – 50 Years of Jamaica,” will feature Monty with the iconic Jamaican duo Sly & Robbie for three nights featuring special guest Shaggy (3/1 only), followed by a reprise of the Harlem-Kingston Express for two nights with reggae artist Diana King (3/4 only). CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO TRAILER!
WHEN: Monday, February 20 – Sunday, March 4, 2012; Sets at 8:00PM & 10:30PM