50 Years In Music ~ 50 Years of Jamaica
The Blue Note Celebration
February 20 - March 4
Monty Alexander, who received his first Grammy nomination earlier this year for the Motéma recording Harlem-Kingston Express: Live, will celebrate 50 years in music and the 50th anniversary of Jamaica in a two-week star-studded run at the Blue Note. Part 1 of the event, titled “The Full Monty,” will begin with his current band The Harlem-Kingston Express on February 20 with special guest Ernest Ranglin and revisit a number of significant recordings and ensembles that are landmarks in his diverse musical career: Triple Treat Revisited with Christian McBride & Russell Malone (2/21 - 2/22); Uplift! with guests Dr. Lonnie Smith (2/23) and Pat Martino (2/24); A Jazz Tribute to Trinidad with Othello Molineaux, Etienne Charles & Designer (2/25); A Night At Jilly’s with Dee Dee Bridgewater and Freddy Cole (2/26); and a special reunion of the legendary ’76 Montreux Trio featuring John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton (2/27 - 2/28). Part 2, titled “A One Love Celebration – 50 Years of Jamaica,” will feature Monty with the iconic Jamaican duo Sly & Robbie for three nights with special guest Shaggy on March 1, followed by a reprise of the Harlem-Kingston Express (3/3 - 3/4) with special guest Diana King on the final night.