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From the Wall Street Journal: “Jazz’s Jamaican Envoy”

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By WILL FRIEDWALD

“It is small wonder that jazz, an American music that draws on a wide range of cultural influences, should have chosen New York, the most polyglot city on the planet, as its home base for most of its history. And it’s equally appropriate that the Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander, who begins a weeklong engagement at Birdland on Tuesday, has made New York his home for most of the last 50 years.

‘My music is the product of having experienced different cultures and different vibrations,’ Mr. Alexander said Monday in a phone conversation from his Midtown apartment. Most of us first heard the 66-year-old pianist in the early 1970s, when he represented the new generation of be-boppers and was the pianist of choice for such modern giants as Ray Brown and Milt Jackson.

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