wrote ‘The Kid is a Gas’ in the liner notes of Monty’s first album Alexander the Great
(1965). “It was also in 1965 that Miles Davis
came into Mr. Sinatra’s favorite New York City night spot, Jilly’s, where I was playing. After I ended the set, he came over and asked me, ‘Where did you learn to play that s**t?!’ Then he handed me his phone number and said, ‘Come on by my house’, which I did, on many occasions! A happy and meaningful memory! He continued to visit Jilly’s, sitting at the piano bar with friends when I was playing there. He did so on several occasions. I guess he must’ve liked what he was hearing.”
– Monty Alexander
In 2001, Monty received the highly-respected Commander of Distinction award from the Government of Jamaica. As jazz royalty, he continues to travel the globe, performing to appreciative, enthusiastic audiences everywhere!