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Monty Alexander at Blues Alley in October

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The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival Presents:

Monty Alexander
Blues Alley
Washington, DC
October 5, 2008
8pm and 10pm

In a career that spans more than four decades, acclaimed-Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander has spent a lifetime exploring the rich depths of musical and cultural diversity. As a testament to his versatility, Alexander has performed and/or recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe: Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and many more. Highlights include a collaboration with Natalie Cole (which won seven Grammy Awards), a Swiss festival performance with opera singer Barbara Hendricks in a program of Duke Ellington compositions, and as a pianist in a George Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue" concert with a full symphony orchestra directed by Bobby McFerrin at Verbier Festival in Switzerland. His latest recording, The Good Life, is a collection of songs of one of his all time favorite artists, Tony Bennett.

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