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Jazz Jamaica

GARY CROSBY

Gary Crosby, as most people know, was the son of Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee, a singer and actress. He cut his actor's teeth as a youngster of 12 in Duffy's Tavern(1945). He went on to act in 59 TV productions and movies and as himself in 15 game show and celebrity guest appearances. In his teen years he sang a duet with his dad with two songs that were the first double sided gold record in history; "Sam's Song" and "Play a Simple Melody."

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Rico Rodriguez

Emmanuel Rodriguez (Rico, Reco, El Reco) (b. 1934) is a Jamaican trombonist. Born on 17th October 1934 in Kingston, Jamaica, by the age of ten he had learnt to play the trombone from strict nuns. In the 1950s, Rodriguez became a Rasta, and became closely musically related to Rasta drummer Count Ossie. He recorded with many producers, including Prince Buster and Lloyd 'Matador' Daley. In 1961, Rodriguez moved to Eng;and, where he continued to play in bands.

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Monty Alexander

Born Montgomery Bernard Alexander on June 6, 1944 in Kingston, Jamaica, Monty Alexander is a jazz pianist whose style is influenced by strong Caribbean and swing feeling. A musician of a great versatility, this piano virtuoso has covered wide range of musical genres in his career from jazz to reggae, playing with either small bands or an orchestra. "My goal is to uplift", says Alexander. “The piano, to me, is a vehicle for connecting to other human beings. I'm very open to all forms of music. I'm not a bebop musician, I'm not a calypso musician, I'm not a reggae musician.

Read more about Monty Alexander on Last.fm.

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