Grammy-pianist Monty Alexander spans from jazz to reggae

After growing up on Jamaica, Alexander has become an American classic piano player, mastering many different genres on his big-swinging instrument

Thursday 20 February 2020 at 20:00 The Queen's Hall
Conductor Pierre-André Valade will this evening be heading both Athelas Sinfonietta and Esbjerg Ensemble. Photo: Niels Hougaard

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Nearly 60 years after he moved to USA from Kingston, Jamaica, the Grammy-shortlisted star pianist Monty Alexander has become an American classic piano player. Alexander’s repertoire covers a wide range, from jazz to Jamaican forms of expression, and he effortlessly combvines such genres as blues, gospel, bebop, calypso and reggae.

Monty Alexander started his career as a pianist when only four years of age by playing Christmas carols by ear, and at the age of five he could entertain both his family and neighbours in grand style. He never had any form of formal musical education, but acquired as a child all the various sounds and rhythms that are part of his present-day musical palette.

Alexander performs on a truly swinging piano, something he has demonstrated in various top-class trios, with such musicians as bass player John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton as well as the legendary bass player Ray Brown and the guitar player Herb Ellis. Furthermore, Alexander was featured pianist in Tony Bennett-Count Basie Orchestra on the album A Swinging Christmas and has also feaured in recording soundtracks for a number of films, including Bird (1988), Clint Eastwood’s Charlie Parker biography, and Quincy Jones’ For Love Of Ivy (1968).

For this evening’s concert, the trio will consist of Monty Alexander on piano, JJ Shakur on bass and Jason Brown on drums.