Jamaican Musician Appears on NBC Saturday morning

NEW YORK – Jamaican born Jazz pianist Monty Alexander CD, made a special appearance on the NBC TV news program, ‘Weekend Today,’ on Saturday, February 23, 2008, 8-9:00am.

Alexander’s appearance on the network comes just two weeks before his tribute concert (March 7&8) billed, “Lords of the West Indies” that will take place at the Lincoln Center, located on Broadway at 60th Street, New York.

“Lords of the West Indies” will present mento, the Jamaican folk music and calypso, the Trinidadian popular music, back to back in an evening that will draw on the enormous cultural legacy and pride of these two great countries. The concerts will feature international caliber players from Jamaica and Trinidad, and from the jazz world. The musicians will present the respective music forms in the spirit of great artists like Trinidadians Lord Kitchener and the Mighty Sparrow, and Jamaicans Lord Flea, Alerth Bedasse, and Harry Belafonte.

“It is always a special treat to perform for music lovers here in New York, the entertainment capital of the world. I am even more excited given that I will be shearing the spotlight with other Caribbean Jazz greats” Alexander said.

Joining Monty on stage at the Lincoln Center will be Pluto Shervington (guitar and vocals), Dean Fraser (alto sax), Desi Jones (drums/percussion), Hassan Shakur (bass), Herlin Riley (drums), Carlton James a.k.a. “Blackie” (banjo and vocals), David “Happy” Williams (acoustic bass/vocals), Etienne Charles (trumpet), Charles Dougherty (sax), “Designer” (vocals), Clifton Anderson (trombone), Joseph Bennett (shaker and vocals) and Albert Morgan (rumba box).

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