Monty Alexander's Birthday Bash Benefit Concert set for Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center in New York City on June 6th

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Legendary pianist Monty Alexander along with Dean Fraser and Tarrus Riley, will perform at a benefit concert on his birthday, June 6, 2012 at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, New York City.

This Birthday Bash will also commemorate Monty's 50 years in music and the 50th anniversary of the independence of Jamaica from Great Britain.

Monty Alexander's legacy of musical excellence bridges the worlds of Jazz and Jamaican music with over 70 albums and an international following of dedicated fans.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Heartbeats of the World, a nonprofit organization that serves to enrich the lives of children, adolescents, and women in Jamaica, by providing educational opportunities to address poverty and unemployment.

Mr. Alexander was first approached by Pat Chin, founder of VP Records, to volunteer his services to the Heartbeats' charity.  Speaking for the Board of Directors of Heartbeats, Mrs. Chin said: "We thank Monty, Dean and Tarrus for their generous donation of time and talent to such a worthy cause; we all look forward to celebrating Monty's birthday."