Doors Open at 6:00PM
Tonight's show is a DOUBLE FEATURE which will give you access to both groups of artists during each set for the price of one show.
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|Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Expr. + Caterina Zapponi & Pizzarellis
MONTY ALEXANDER & THE HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS
Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express 2
Monty Alexander, piano
Hassan Shakur, bass
Obed Calvaire, drums
Karl Wright, Jamaican drums
Joshua Thomas, Reggae electric bass
Andy Bassford, guitar
Caterina Zapponi, vocals
Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar
Martin Pizzarelli, bass
Frank Vignola, guitar
Special guests TBA!
The Harlem-Kingston Express project combines two groups into one, seamlessly blending rocking reggae music with classic, acoustic jazz.
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: Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among many others.
Born on D-Day (June 6, 1944) and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, he took his first piano lessons at age six but was largely self-taught. As a teenager, he witnessed concerts by Louis Armstrong and Nat "King" Cole at Kingston's Carib Theater. He formed Monty and the Cyclones in the late 60s and also recorded on sessions with musicians who would later form The Skatalites.
Alexander and his family came to the United States at the end of 1961. Less than two years later, while playing in Las Vegas with Art Mooney's orchestra, he caught the eye of New York City club owner Jilly Rizzo and his friend, Frank Sinatra. Rizzo hired the young pianist to work in his club, Jilly's, where he accompanied Sinatra and others.
His musical collaborations span multiple genres and styles. His projects have been as varied as assisting Natalie Cole in her tribute album to her father, Nat "King" Cole in 1991 (that album, Unforgettable, won seven Grammy awards), performing George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" under the direction of Bobby McFerrin at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and recording the piano track for the film score of Clint Eastwood's Bird, a movie about the life of jazz titan Charlie Parker.
CATERINA ZAPPONI WITH THE PIZZARELLIS: BUCKY & MARTIN, AND FRANK VIGNOLA
In her career, the gifted multi-lingual vocalist Caterina Zapponi has explored music ranging from jazz and the American popular song to cabaret and musical theater.
Zapponi was born and raised in Rome, the daughter of celebrated screenwriter Bernardino Zapponi, a collaborator and longtime friend of Federico Fellini. Her mother was a French born chanteuse and instilled in Caterina her love of the French repertoire. The film High Society helped introduce her to jazz while fueling a desire to move to the United States, which she did upon receiving a scholarship from Berklee College of Music. She graduated in two years and won the Berklee Cleo Laine Award for vocal achievement and performance.
Caterina Zapponi was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and has since performed at prestigious venues including New York’s Birdland, and The Blue Note, and internationally at the Verbier and Saint Barthelemy festivals. She has also performed internationally with her husband, pianist Monty Alexander, in London at Ronnie Scott’s, at the Marseille Jazz Festival, in Paris at the New Morning and the Theatre des Champs Elysees, in Japan at the Tokyo Blue Note and at the Cotton Club, in Switzerland at the Cully and Bern Festivals, in Russia at the
Moscow International House of Music, and at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Her recordings include the album Universal Love Songs, released by Inak Music in 2001, and the forthcoming Amorosa on Motema Music. Zapponi is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, and performed “A Song For You” for the film For the Love of the Game with Kevin Costner.
Legendary 7-string Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli's career now spans seven decades, having worked with some of the biggest names in music. Beginning his career in 1944, he became a staff musician at NBC in 1952 and worked with The Tonight Show band starring Johnny Carson. He has worked with Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Stephane Grappelli, and numerous others. He has countless recordings to his name and is also the father of guitarist John Pizzarelli and bassist Martin Pizzarelli.
Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest…stars of the guitar.”