In advance of his "Sinatra at 100" concert, Monty Alexander talks about how he got his start on piano and reveals one of the first songs he ever learned.
At 17 years old, a serendipitous encounter with Frank Sinatra and his long-time pal Jilly Rizzo, changed the trajectory of Alexander’s career forever: he would soon become the house pianist for the famed Jilly’s club in New York City and develop a unique relationship with its most famous patron. Frank Sinatra’s centennial elicits fond memories of Alexander’s time spent at the intimate hangout, and with the help of GRAMMY® Award-winning and DownBeat Critics Poll-dominating singer Kurt Elling, he will share stories and anecdotes from a treasured and rare perspective. A masterful pianist, Alexander’s career spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most important figures in jazz, like Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie, as well as an illustrious recording career as a leader.
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