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Monty Alexander Receives Jamaican Honor

Pianist Monty Alexander (pictured left), who began his professional career as a teenager in Jamaica, was honored this month with the title Commander of the Order of Distinction for his work playing Jamaican-style jazz. The title is one of five national honors created in 1969 and can be awarded to a citizen of any country. The award ceremony was held at the Consulate General of Jamaica in New York City.

The Kingston-born pianist explored his Jamaican roots on two recent Telarc albums, teaming up with Sly & Robbie for Monty Meets Sly & Robbie and playing the music of reggae legend Bob Marley on Stir It Up. Alexander’s most recent release, Goin’ Yard, is also available from Telarc.

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