The 2017–2018 Art of Jazz Series will present legendary jazz pianist Monty Alexander with his trio at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Sunday, January 28, at 3 pm. Series producer Bruce Eaton will host a pre-concert discussion, “The Importance of Ernest Ranglin,” about the seminal Jamaican jazz and reggae guitarist, at 2 pm. Tickets are $29 general admission and $24 for Members and can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk or online at http://www.albrightknox.org/artofjazz.
It is highly recommended that you act soon to get your tickets. The concert is nearly sold out with a few seats remaining!
More on Monty Alexander:
More than fifty-five years after moving to the US from his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, Alexander is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly and delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. Cited as the fifth-greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing), his career as a leader is highlighted by more than seventy recordings, as well as work with artists including Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Ray Brown, and Quincy Jones.
With a repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression—the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae—Alexander takes the stage with a professed goal “to build up the heat and kick up a storm.” He has the ability to connect with serious jazz fans and casual listeners alike, and his performances are “an outrageously good time” (Wall Street Journal). Joining Alexander for his performance will be bassist J. J. Shakur and drummer Jason Brown.
Learn more about this fabulous jazz icon at montyalexander.com.
Here is a video clip of Monty Alexander in a trio setting where his brilliance in on display:
This will be a fantastic and memorable time to experience jazz at its best – don't miss it! Only a few tickets remain so do act soon!
Now entering its eighteenth season, this landmark season continues the series tradition of presenting some of the brightest international jazz stars—from Grammy Award– and poll-winners to the next generation of jazz legends. This season also marks the return of founding producer Bruce Eaton, who helmed the series from 1999 to 2014. The 2017–2018 series will continue the tradition of producing excellence in jazz concerts with the Grammy-nominated Billy Childs Quartet (3/18/18), and the Downbeat Rising Star Melissa Aldana Quartet (4/21/18).
Art of Jazz is produced by Bruce Eaton in association with Tony Zambito and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. It is supported by Hunt Real Estate.