A report from Jamaica’s Gleaner.
International jazz pianist Monty Alexander will conduct a master class in the Vera Moody Concert Hall, School of Music, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, 1 Arthur Wint Drive, St Andrew, tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Dr Orville Hammond, senior lecturer of jazz at the School of Music, said: “It is a significant opportunity for our students to engage with someone of Monty Alexander’s expertise. They will benefit from his wide range of music experience, spanning jazz, classical and R&B. His international reputation speaks for itself.”
Alexander’s career spans five decades and includes collaborations with jazz figures such as Milt Jackson, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. The class is part of Monty’s ‘Home for Christmas’ concert schedule, hosted by the UWI’s Global Giving Project. He is slated to perform at a benefit concert with his band, the Harlem Kingston Express, on Sunday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.
The School of Music remains the first and only one of its kind in the English–speaking Caribbean. Local musicians and school groups are invited to share with the School of Music’s staff, students and Monty Alexander.