EFG London Jazz Festival Tonight!: Courtney Pine and Monty Alexander

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Courtney Pine and Monty Alexander will both be performing tonight, November 19, 2013, at 7:30pm, at The Barbican Centre’s Hall.  At 6:15pm three will be a pre-concert panel session on the history and impact of Caribbean jazz in the Fountain Room. This event is part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. The Barbican Centre is located on Silk Street, in London, England (stations: Barbican, Moorgate).

Description: No musician embodies more the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past twenty years than Courtney Pine C.B.E. The ground breaking, multi-instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience. His 15th studio album to date, House of Legends sees Courtney return to the instrument he is best known for – the saxophone and features his soprano sax exclusively for the first time. Deeply steeped in the traditions of the Caribbean, this very personal project sees Courtney on top form, bringing together musicians from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe for vibrant exchanges that tell tales of life from a truly multi-cultural view point.

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe including Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare. With Harlem Kingston Express he evokes a combination of jazz and reggae by essentially bringing two groups into one with himself linking the two.

The Barbican is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. It is also home to the London Symphony Orchestra.

For more information and tickets for performance, see http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/series.asp?id=761

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