Monty Alexander, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton celebrate 40 years at Vail Jazz

By Krista Driscoll

VAIL — Completely self-taught on the piano, Monty Alexander moved from his native Jamaica to New York as a teenager. Much to his delight, he suddenly found himself playing at Frank Sinatra’s club. “When I played at Jilly’s in early summer of ’63 when I was 17, I realized I was in very fast company,” he said. “Not just in jazz, but in all the top entertainers in show business. Judy Garland is sitting at the piano bar. I look around and Sammy Davis is walking in. I played at private events at Frank Sinatra’s apartment. He was a good …

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