Jamaican jazz pianist ‘Monty Alexander’ to perform at Tarrytown Music Hall in New York on Thanksgiving Friday
After being sidelined for more than a year due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, New York-based jazz legend Monty Alexander is now fully vaccinated and ready to take his Harlem-Kingston Express – which brings together musicians versed in both reggae and jazz – for a Special Live Upstate Show at the Westchester Music Experience, scheduled for Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York on Friday, November 26, 2021 from Thanksgiving.
At 77, Monty joins a long list of veteran superstars including Dolly Parton, James Taylor, Elton John, Graham Nash, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, David Crosby, John Fogerty and Loretta Lynn – all over the age of 65 – who have chose to get vaccinated to get immunity so they could spin, so that their beloved fans could once again attend live performances.
“Getting back on stage is like getting back in the saddle. It’s so natural because that’s where I live, in a bandstand, bringing music to people, ”Monty explained.
Event Manager Andrea Bullens is delighted to once again present live music to customers hungry for quality entertainment.
“Since we announced Monty, we’ve certainly had a lot of positive feedback. This place is a theater only for vaccines. Everyone will also need to wear masks to protect each other. People are tired of being locked in, tired of zooming in, especially mature people, ”she said.
Monty, who is best known as a high-level master of the piano trio swinging feature, as he has demonstrated with several prominent groups, including iconic units with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton (“Montreux Alexander ’76 “), and with legendary bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis (” Triple Treat “). He is ranked as the fifth greatest jazz pianist of all time in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing).
Monty, who discovered the piano at the age of 4, was influenced by American music legends Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. He has built a successful career, exploring and connecting the worlds of American jazz and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. He has completed many milestones, including recording the piano track to the music for Clint Eastwood’s film “Bird”, a film about the life of jazz titan Charlie Parker. He assisted Natalie Cole in 1991, on her Grammy-winning tribute album “Unforgettable” for her father Nat “King” Cole. Next year he will release a brand new album.
“I’ve done so many jazz piano, Jamaican vibes albums and now it’s the first time I’ve decided to do something that I always love to do which is sing… I’m excited because it’s another aspect of what i do, ”he shared.
A perennial favorite at jazz festivals and venues around the world and at the Montreux Jazz Festival where he has performed 23 times since 1976, his spirited conception is a conception illuminated by timeless truths: endless melody, effervescent grooves , sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a constant predisposition, as Alexander aptly states, “to turn up the heat and start a storm”.
The Tarrytown Music Hall, where Monty will perform on November 26, has its own decorated story. It is the oldest theater in Westchester County which is still in use as a theater. Several films and TV commercials have been shot inside the theater, including The Preacher’s Wife (1996), The Impostors (1998), The Secret Lives of Dentists (2003), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Game 6 (2005) and The Good Berger directed by Robert De Niro.
The Westchester Reggae Experience was successfully launched in 2019 at the Capitol Theater in Portchester, NY with performances by reggae queen Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, International Women In Reggae (IWIR) and legendary Ken Boothe, supported by Derrick Barnett and his group Statement. .
Monty Alexander attended the prestigious Jamaica College in Kingston, Jamaica.
Tickets are available at http://www.tarrytownmusichall.org or by calling the box office at 914-233-3856.