Monty Alexander is an underrated pianist extraordinaire with a musical career spanning five decades as well as in multiple genres and styles.
Monty Alexander was born June 6, 1944 in Kingston Jamaica. He was mostly self taught, and took his first piano lesson at the age of six. As a teenager he was often invited to sit in with the bands of prominent musicians working in Jamaican night clubs and hotels like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole. The shows inspired him to start his own band. In the late 1950’s he formed his own band that played with Bob Marley’s first backing band. Monty and his family moved to the US in 1961 and in less than 2 years Frank Sinatra hired him to work at the NY club Jilly’s. There he met Milt Jackson, Charlie Parker, and Ray Brown. He went on to perform with Ray Brown and Milt Jackson on many occasions. He’s collaborated with many jazz greats such as Natalie Cole and Bobby McFerrin and he recorded the sound track of the film score of Clint Eastwood’s movie “Bird” the story of Charlie Parker. He continues to record and perform and in his homeland of Jamaica he received the highest honor bestowed upon an artist: “Commander In The Order of Distinction” for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador.
Arturo Sandoval, Cuban born trumpeter plays a heart- felt tribute to the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, considered by many to be the Godfather of the Afro Cuban/Latin Jazz tradition. The CD is compiled of eleven original takes on Gillespie compositions as well as a Chano Pozo tune, which Dizzy considered the greatest percussionist of the 20th century. The final song- “Every Day I Think Of You”- written by Sandoval where he plays his highest of high notes, “reaching the sky to touch Diz”, completes in his words, “a lullaby, a prayer, a thank you note to a man who lived a life filled with beautiful music and boundless love.”
Strictly Hip Hop with Florida, DropaJewel, and Miss J Nyce. Mon-Thur, 5pm- 7pm
Strictly Hip Hop is a program that has aired on WEAA’s 88.9 FM for 22 years. We exist to introduce, and preserve the urban hip hop culture to a vast demographic. The show contains various segments including: Question of the Week, The Test Bin, news, Changing the Game, One 2 Flow On, and mixes from local DJ’s. Our staff consists of Morgan State University Alum and current Morgan State University students in addition to freelance hip hop enthusiast throughout the Baltimore Hip Hop scene.
Strictly Hip Hop is held in high regard, as we are the longest running hip hop show in the state of Maryland. The efforts of the SHH team were recently recognized by the City Paper's 2010 Best of Baltimore Awards, the 2011 Baltimore Music Awards for "Radio host of the year," 2011 Baltimore Crown "Special Appreciation" and more! The show is constantly changing to stay relevant with the evolution of hip hop, while still accommodating our already colorful demographic.
As of today, the key players at Strictly Hip Hop are:
Miss JNyce- DJ/Engineer/ Co-Host
We have a staff of the most professional DJ’s including: DJ Mike Nyce, DJ Booman, DJ Trell Trell, and of course DJ Miss JNYce.
"The Tavis Smiley Show" is a high-energy exchange of views, information, and insight hosted by Tavis Smiley. The two-hour weekly show offers a unique blend of news and newsmakers in expanded conversations, along with feature reports and regular commentators Cornel West, Connie Rice, J.C. Watts, Omar Wasow, Dr. Ian Smith, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Michael Eric Dyson, Antonio Gonzalez and George Johnson. Each week, Smiley engages commentators and guests in substantive and provocative discussions on a wide range of topics including: politics, health, finance, sports, technology and pop culture. An insightful exploration of the issues that matter from fresh, diverse points of view is the show's hallmark.