01/23/12

Pianist Monty Alexander to Play 2-Week Residency at Blue Note

Special guests will include Sly & Robbie, Christian McBride, Dr. Lonnie Smith, others

Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander will celebrate his 50th year in music with a two-week engagement at New York’s Blue Note, beginning on February 20 through March 4. Alexander will present the engagement in two parts: Part 1—The Full Monty: 50 Years in Music! (February 23-28) and Part 2—Jamaica Meets Jazz: A One Love Celebration (February 29-March 4). The featured body of work and lineup will vary throughout the engagement, with each evening focusing on a project from Alexander’s extensive career (six projects total will be presented throughout the engagement). Special guests throughout the two weeks include Russell Malone, Christian McBride, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Pat Martino, Freddie Cole, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ernest Ranglin, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton, and Robbie Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar, among others. All shows are at 8 and 10:30 p.m. The full schedule follows.

PART 1: The Full Monty: 50 Years in Music!

February 20: Harlem-Kingston Express w/ Special Guest Ernest Ranglin (guitar)
Monty Alexander (piano), Hassan Shakur (bass), Obed Calvaire (drums), Karl Wright (Jamaica drums), Joshua Thomas (electric bass), Courtney Panton (percussion), Earl Appleton (electric keyboards), Andy Bassford (rhythm guitar)

February 21 & 22: Triple Treat Revisited
Monty Alexander (piano), Christian McBride (bass), Russell Malone (guitar)

February 23: Uplift! with Special Guest Dr. Lonnie Smith (organ)
Monty Alexander (piano), Hassan Shakur (bass), Herlin Riley (drums)

February 24: Uplift! with Special Guest Pat Martino (guitarist)
Monty Alexander (piano), Hassan Shakur (bass), Herlin Riley (drums)

February 25: Ivory & Steel, a Jazz Tribute to Trinidad
Othello Molineaux (Steel Drums), Etienne Charles (Trumpet) and “Designer” (vocals)
Monty Alexander (piano), Hassan Shakur (bass), Obed Calvaire (drums),
Robert Thomas Jr. (hand drums)

February 26: A Night at Jilly’s w/ Special Guests Dee Dee Bridgewater
& Freddie Cole
Monty Alexander (piano), Hassan Shakur (bass), TBA (drums)

February 27 & 28: The Montreux Alexander ‘76 Trio Reunion
Monty Alexander (piano), John Clayton (bass), Jeff Hamilton (drums)

PART 2: Jamaica Meets Jazz: A One Love Celebration

February 29, March 1 & 2: Monty Meets Sly and Robbie w/ Special Guests TBA
Monty Alexander (piano), Robbie Shakespeare (electric bass), Sly Dunbar (drums)

March 3 & 4: Harlem-Kingston Express with Special Guests TBA
Monty Alexander (piano), Hassan Shakur (bass), Obed Calvaire (drums),
Karl Wright (Jamaica drums), Joshua Thomas (electric bass), Courtney Panton (percussion), Earl Appleton (electric keyboards), Andy Bassford (rhythm guitar),
Robert Thomas Jr. (hand drums)

The Blue Note is located at131 W. 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012. Phone: 212-475-8592. Visit Blue Note for more information.

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