Posts tagged "Miss Lilys"

WATCH THIS: Tarrus Riley Pon Radio Lily

Singy Singy Flashing Lyrics Live And Direct Inna Dancehall Style
Last night Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser, and Diana King joined Monty Alexander on the final night of his two-week stand at New York’s legendary jazz club The Blue Note. But in between the first and second set, Tarrus passed through Radio Lily to dash it in a dancehall style. Versatility a dweet. Read more »

Reasoning With Monty Alexander

The Grammy-Nominated Jamaican Jazz Master Nices Up The Blue Note

With 50 years of making music and some 70 records under his belt, the Jamaican-born and world-renowned pianist Monty Alexander has finally received his first Grammy nomination. His live album Harlem-Kingston Express got the nod for the Best Reggae Album this year. Alexander is considered a first-rate pianist in international jazz circles, yet he got his start sitting in with mento bands on accordion, or recording for Coxsone Dodd and Randy Chin. He went on to play with Dizzy Gillespie, record with Quincy Jones, and accompany Frank Sinatra when he passed through Jilly’s on West 52nd Street. In other words—Monty bust big a farin’. Yet instead of turning his back on the Jamaican music that shaped him, he took it back to the foundation and found ways to blend the two with one sound coming through pure and true. That’s just what Monty has been doing during his two-week residency at NYC’s Blue Note, inviting 50 years’ worth of friends from the worlds of jazz and reggae to jam side by side, giving his lucky listeners “The Full Monty.”
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HEAR THIS: Clive Chin’s Pure Scorcher Mix

Rinsing Randy’s Rarities At The Radio Lily Launch January 28, 2012

The very first night Radio Lily began broadcasting the people’s music from Miss Lily’s Variety at the corner of Houston and Sullivan Streets in New York City, we had to come with something special. So we sent for the inimitable Mr. Clive Chin of Randy’s Records fame. The same one who designed the Impact! records logo. He showed up on a cold January night with a dapper tweed jacket and a briefcase full of dubplates and 45s. He promised to play one hour of “pure scorcher” but he ended up staying for 2 and a half hours, flinging down selections that ran the gamut from ska to rock steady to roots, rock, reggae, dubwise and otherwise. We’re talking rare and unreleased cuts from the likes of the Skatalites, Randy’s All-Stars, The Wailers Band, and Al & The Vibrators not to mention Delroy Wilson, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Errol Dunkley, I-Roy, Augustus Pablo, The Heptones and so much more. (He even previewed some new rock steady songs sung in Cantonese that he recorded during a recent trip to China.) Read more »

Mr. Vegas To Sing “Sweet Jamaica” Unplugged

The Dancehall Singer Goes Back To His Reggae Roots On

2012 isn’t just the Mayan apocalypse. It also marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence—and to mark the occasion, Mr. Vegas will be releasing a hard-hitting double album called Sweet Jamaica. Tomorrow night he’ll preview the album in an exclusive acoustic set streaming live on

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