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Monty continues to fly Jamaica 50 flag

Published:Tuesday | November 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Jamaican jazz musician Monty Alexander performing at Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC.
Monty Alexander in one of his electrifying piano performances. - Contributed Photos
The album cover of Monty Alexander's Grammy-nominated 'Harlem-Kingston Express Live!'.

Monty Alexander and the Harlem Kingston Express are bringing a celebration to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York City next week, as the party to mark Jamaica's 50th year of Independence and the Grammy Award nominee's 50th year in music continues.

The event, part of Jazz at Lincoln Center, is to be staged for five nights of musical festivity from November 20 to 25.

"I'm inviting all my fans to come one last time to celebrate my 50th and Jamaica's 50th before we bid adieu to 2012," said Alexander.

Tickets for the Thursday, Friday and Sunday night shows are US$35 each, while Saturday night tickets are US$45 per person. Students with valid identification will be able to enjoy the show for US$15 per ticket.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, one of the three main performance venues located in Jazz at Lincoln Center's home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, produces world-class jazz performances nightly.

The intimate 140-seat jazz club is set against a glittering backdrop with spectacular views of Central Park.

Reservations may be booked at or call 212-721-6500 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.

Alexander has been dubbed "a masterly pianist who delights audiences everywhere" by the London Evening Standard since the release of his two collections - Uplift, a trio album on JLP Records, and Harlem-Kingston Express on Motema Music last year.

Between Uplift and Harlem-Kingston Express, Alexander has officially dominated the United States radio charts with three number one spots, all in the summer of 2011. Harlem-Kingston Express was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Reggae Album category this past February.

Last July, Alexander performed at the Stuttgart Jazz Festival in Germany where he received the German Jazz Trophy - A Life In Jazz.

He then travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa, for two concerts at the Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival and performed at the 4th edition of the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival in Easton, Maryland.

Only weeks ago he played a solo piano concert in South Korea for an audience of 6,000. Alexander will travel to Washington, DC, next Wednesday to receive the Caribbean Heritage Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies, and travel from Washington to Miami where he is slated to play as the headliner for the first Miami Jazz Fest on Friday.

Following his five-night performance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, he will perform at a major concert with international special guests set for December 16 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

See Monty in performance at