Bio: In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artis...See Full Bio
"What were the highlights of the summer? Here's a broad look at my five favorite arts encounters of the season... 1. Monty Alexander: Harlem-Kingston Express Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Monty Alexander's blend of jazz and reggae made for an outrageously good time. When Mr. Alexander—the Jamaican-born pianist with a cheerful, chatty style—surrounded himself with a Caribbean quartet to the right and a jazz trio to the left, the result was fresh, lilting interpretations of Bob Marley's greatest hits, as well asTh Mr. Alexander's original compositions, like the unmatchable "Love Notes."