Monty Alexander Continues 50th Year Celebration With South Florida Performance

The heat in South Florida will meet the cool sounds of legendary jazz great Monty Alexander next month, as Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction continues the celebration of his 50th year in the music business.

Alexander, who recently wrapped up a New York performance at the Birdland Jazz Club, is set for the first annual Reggae Jazz Fusion show on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.

The piano virtuoso will perform at the Special Sunday Night Concert that is being produced by Riddims Marketing.  He will share the stage with Maxi Priest, A.J. Brown and Eugene Gray.

‘Playing this concert in Miami is very special for me as this was the city where I first came from Jamaica and where I began as a professional, playing in many of the clubs there,” commented Alexander of the upcoming show. “It’s hard to believe that was in 1961, just 50 years ago. I look forward to May 22 when I and my brother musicians will stir up the good sounds to make it an uplifting evening for all.”

Eddy Edwards, producer of the show said Alexander has been welcomed to the line-up since, “We wanted to celebrate his accomplishments over 50 years and expose him to those in the South Florida Caribbean Diaspora who may not know his works.”

As for the show, Edwards added that he’s simply revisiting the real history of Jamaican music in this show and taking fans of both genres back to an era where ska or a fusion of jazz and reggae, was born.