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Pre-Concert Jamaican Event – Monty Alexander, Jazz At Lincoln Center, October 2 – 3, 2009, New York

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Back by popular demand, Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander returns to The Allen Room, this time with his Harlem-Kingston Express!  For nearly 40 years, the multi-cultural pianist has artfully blended the rhythms of his native Jamaica with the classic sounds of modern jazz.  For two evenings, Alexander returns to lead us on an exciting journey from Harlem to Kingston, Jamaica.  From Harry Belafonte hits to Bob Marley classics, it’s all what Louis Jordan called “The new Calypso bebop.”  Alexander says to expect “everything from the concrete jungle to the bush!”
Joining Alexander for this engagement are band members Herlin Riley (drums) and Hassan Shakur (bass).  The Jamaican rhythm section is Glen Brown (bass), Wayne Armond (guitar) and Karl Wright (drums).  The horn section is Etienne Charles (trumpet), Clifton Anderson (trombone) and Charles Dougherty (tenor saxophone).  In addition, there will be participation by Carlton James (vocals/banjo) and Miss Matty Lou, a Jamaican folklorist.
October 2-3, 2009, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th St., NYC.
Tickets at $55 and $65 are available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office on Broadway at 60th St., by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500 or via www.jalc.org.  Box Office hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm, Sun. 12pm-6pm.

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