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Monty Alexander
Wareika Hill (Rastamonk Vibrations) CD Release!

Thu, Mar 26 -
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

$32.50 ($6 Handling Fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.

KNKX and Dimitriou's Jazz Alley present Grammy-nominated Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander on tour in support of his new release "Wareika Hill/RastaMonk Vibrations!" Band members: J.J. Shakur (acoustic bass), Jason Brown (drums), Andy Bassford (guitar), and Wayne Escoffery (tenor sax). Show times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm. Show times Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm Thursday and 5:30pm Friday - Sunday.

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Several years in the making and infused with a lifetime of inspiration and appreciation, "WAREIKA HILL (RASTAMONK VIBRATIONS)", Monty Alexander's delightfully imaginative, unique and compelling interpretation of the music of Thelonious Monk. Featuring eleven newly recorded tracks as well as a bonus live track recorded in Paris, "WAREIKA HILL" is a mind-boggling collective of classic Monk songs infused with a sensibility that melds the worlds of Jazz, Ska and Reggae into a unique melting pot of Monk with a twist.

Wareika Hill refers to a place in Jamaica, a place where Rastafarian musicians used to gather located behind Monty's childhood home outside of Kingston. As a child, he would hear the musicians going up the hill and playing playing their drums - and such became the early muse for these arrangements of Monk's songs - songs infused with Monty's own creativity, Jamaican grooves and childhood memories of not only Wareika Hill, but being introduced to Monk's music as a teenager while recording as a sideman in the Federal Recording Studios in Kingston. An appreciation of the man and his music ensued, and the germinating seeds for this project were born and developed over the course of many decades.

Nearly sixty years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, his hometown, Grammy nominated pianist Monty Alexander is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. A perennial favorite at Jazz festivals and venues worldwide and at the Montreux Jazz Festival where he has appeared 23 times since 1976, his spirited conception is one informed by the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition, as Alexander accurately states, “to build up the heat and kick up a storm.” In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to a repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expressions—the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. Documented on more than 75 recordings and cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing), the Jamaican government designated Alexander Commander in the Order of Distinction in 2000 and in 2018 The University of The West Indies bestowed him with an honorary doctorate degree (DLitt) in recognition of his accomplishments.


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