Joey Alexander Trio
Teen Piano Prodigy
- Thursday, Oct 11, 2018
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Championed by Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock, 15-year-old Joey Alexander is the brightest young light in jazz piano – a young star whose emotional range and musical maturity confounds the stereotypical definition of a jazz prodigy. Now, with three GRAMMY nominations, and two albums under his belt, this teen marvel is back by popular demand, exhibiting his astonishing prowess as a composer, bandleader and artist looking toward a limitless future.
About Joey Alexander
Joey Alexander, who at the age of 14 has already recorded two GRAMMY-nominated studio albums, 2015’s My Favorite Things and 2016’s Countdown, as well as Joey.Monk.Live!, a critically acclaimed surprise release from late 2017 to honor Thelonious Monk’s centennial. With his third studio effort Eclipse, his most personal statement to date, Joey takes another giant step forward, demonstrating his aptitude as a composer, bandleader, and musician, hinting at the many artistic paths open to him in the decades ahead.
Born in 2003 in Bali, Alexander lived in Jakarta from age eight to ten and then moved to New York City in 2014, where he has experienced one of the most ascendant careers ever seen in jazz. Jason Olaine, a GRAMMY-winning producer who serves as Director of Programming for Jazz At Lincoln Center and has produced all four of Alexander’s albums, says he continues to be impressed by the pianist’s fantastic gift. “Joey is such a huge talent coming out of a young player, however he wants to create and have fun by playing. It’s not about the accolades or the applause.” He added, “Eclipse shows what an amazing journey Joey has been on, and he’s playing with an openness and clarity.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“There has never been anyone that you can think of who could play like that at his age. I love everything about his playing – his rhythm, his confidence, his understanding of the music.”
– Wynton Marsalis
“There comes a point when every piano prodigy must show something more than chops…Joey Alexander (has) got the ability for the musical marathon.”
– Jazz Weekly
“He can sustain many ideas, styles, and concepts, yet maintain impeccable rhythm and tricky tempos, quietly guiding any band to an inevitable, illuminating conclusion — seemingly in his sleep.”
– Festival Peak