Monty Alexander

Submitted by Professor Rich Falco. Interviews with WICN Radio Host Chet Williamson
“Alexander, like film-maker Alfred Hitchock, thrives on suspense and surprise, forever challenging the listener to anticipate his next move, whether a mid-stream shift in key, rhythm, tempo, texture, chord progression, or even song form.”
-All About Jazz


Montgomery Bernard "Monty" Alexander (born 6 June 1944 in Kingston) is a Grammy Nominated legendary Jamaican jazz pianist. He is 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).

In 1961 he moved from Jamaica to Miami and later to NYC in1963 where he established himself as a solid member of the city’s jazz scene. At the recommendation of Oscar Peterson, Monty was recommended to Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, owner of Germany’s MPS label. Between 1971 and 1985 Alexander recorded 12 albums on that label.

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 merits.

In 2012, the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. honored him with the Luminary Award. In 2012 he also received the German Jazz Trophy, A Life for Jazz.

Audio

WICN Interview 1: Artistic Connections
WICN Interview 2 with Chet Williamson: About Music
WICN Interview 2: Early Career Influences
WICN Interview 1: The Joy of Music
WICN Interview 1 with Chet Williamson: His Band Mates
WICN Interview 1: Playing in Worcester
WICN Interview 1: His Culture
WICN Interview 1: Combining His Culture and His Music

Videos

Monty Alexander Trio Live at Ronnie Scott's
Monty Alexander Trio Live at Ronnie Scott's

Monty Alexander - Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival.
 July 20, 2013
Monty Alexander - Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival. July 20, 2013