Monty Alexander Among Grammy Nominees

Monty Alexander (Photo credit Crush Boone)
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 2, 2011: Jamaica’s Commander in Chief, jazz pianist, Monty Alexander, is among the 2012 Grammy nominees.

Alexander’s “Harlem-Kingston Express Live” album, which has received rave reviews, is among the nominees in the Best Reggae Album category. Others include Ziggy Marley’s, “Wild & Free,” Stephen Marley’s, “Revelation PT I: The Root Of Life,” Shaggy’s “Summer In Kingston” and Israel Vibration, “Reggae Knights.”

The nomination for Alexander comes as he celebrates his 50th year in music.

Over his stellar five decade long career, Alexander, who has earned a place among the top five jazz artistes in Hal Leonard’s book, “The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of all Time,” has performed with international stars including Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

He maintains an active touring schedule, thrilling audiences around the world with his own distant brand of jazz that leaves audiences moving to the beat wherever he plays.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his latest music, visit www.montyalexander.com.

Meanwhile, Trinidad-born rapper, Nicki Minaj is up for Best New Artist as well as Best Rap Performance and Best Rap album. Barbados’ Rihanna is up for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “What’s My Name?,” with Drake.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Feb. 12th and will air live on CBS.