SportsJam with Doug Doyle: Jazz Pianist and Boxing Fan Monty Alexander

Apr 30, 2019

Jazz pianist has become an encyclopedia when it comes to the sport of boxing
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Monty Alexander is one of the finest pianists in the world, but he could also be a boxing analyst. 

Monty sat down with host Doug Doyle in 2014 to talk about his love of boxing and his friendships with some of the greats of the ring.  Nearly sixty years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, his hometown, the Grammy nominated pianist is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message.

Monty Alexander is also a perennial favorite at Jazz festivals and venues worldwide and at the Montreaux Jazz Festival where he has appeared 23 times since 1976.

Monty’s first exposure to boxing came when he was a kid living in Kingston and went to see the great Sugar Ray Robinson in the ring.  Later in life Monty would become great friends with many boxers like Archie Moore.

Monty Alexander and Doug Doyle at WBGO
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Click above to hear Monty on SportsJam with Doug Doyle.