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Monty Alexander with Reggae Steady Ska

Music Is Like Your Heartbeat – An Interview With Monty Alexander

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading jazz musicians. On top of an impressive solo career (70+ releases), Monty Alexander has also played with just about everybody—from Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins to Ernest Ranglin, Sly and Robbie and many of the ska originators.

Val Douglas

Val Douglas: Mighty Bass Man With The Skatalites

Many Reggae fans might not have heard Val Douglas’ name before, but all of you have listened to him. His mighty bass can be heard on some of the biggest Reggae tunes ever. Val Douglas is quite far up on the long list of unsung heroes of Jamaican music. This needs to change, we think, so we met for an interview with the musical backbone of the current Skatalites-lineup.

Lester Sterling, The Skatalites

Lester Sterling: You Just Can’t Leave It

When the Skatalites everlasting world tour stopped by in Cologne recently, we were invited backstage for an extensive interview with the longest serving members of the band, Doreen Shaffer, Val Douglas and Lester Sterling.