41st San Francisco Jazz Festival | Monty Alexander
Monty Alexander
80th Birthday Celebration

Monty Alexander

JUNE 5-16 | 41ST ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jun 11, 2024
Miner Auditorium
TueJun 11
7:30 PM

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Over his career, pianist Monty Alexander has garnered acclaim for bridging American jazz and the music of his native Jamaica, and he returns to SFJAZZ with his trio in a celebration of his 80th birthday and the release of his new album D-Day.  

Ranking in the top five in Gene Rizzo’s exhaustive book The Fifty Greatest Piano Players of All Time, Alexander began his piano journey at four and quickly absorbed the folk music of the Caribbean that surrounded him. Pivotal experiences at concerts by the likes of Eddie Heywood, Nat “King” Cole, and Louis Armstrong during their swings through Kingston and the supreme influences of Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson put Alexander on his path to jazz. By the early 60s he was firmly established in New York, working with artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to Milt Jackson and Ray Brown. Since then, he has recorded over 40 albums as a leader, each bearing the marks of his Caribbean roots. In 2022, Alexander received the Order of Jamaica for "Sterling Contributions to the Promotions of Jamaican Music and the Jazz Genre Interpretations Globally" by the Jamaican government.

Alexander’s 80th birthday is June 6, 2024, which is also the 80th anniversary of D-Day — the pivotal Allied invasion of France in WWII — an event that inspired the name of his new album.

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“An effervescent pianist and one of Jamaica’s proudest musical exports” (NY Times), Alexander bridges jazz and Jamaican music. He returns with his trio to celebrate his 80th birthday and his new album D-Day.  

Pianist Monty Alexander has been bringing jazz back to reggae music (and vice versa) for decades.

all music guide

Pianist Monty Alexander has been bringing jazz back to reggae music (and vice versa) for decades.

all music guide

Personnel

Monty Alexander piano
Luke Sellick bass
Jason Brown drums

An effervescent pianist and one of Jamaica’s proudest musical exports

the new york times on monty alexander

Personnel

Monty Alexander piano
Luke Sellick bass
Jason Brown drums

An effervescent pianist and one of Jamaica’s proudest musical exports

the new york times on monty alexander

Watch & Listen

Monty Alexander

Bemsha Swing

Monty Alexander (feat. Hassan Shakur & Herlin Riley)

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Monty Alexander

Bemsha Swing

Monty Alexander (feat. Hassan Shakur & Herlin Riley)

Renewal

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