The Joey Alexander Trio
Kendrick Scott, drums
Kris Funn, bass
June 9, 2018
Venue Berlind Theatre
JOEY ALEXANDER is not just remarkably capable for his age; he’s a deeply thoughtful soloist and a lush chordal colorist, period. His most recent album, Eclipse, is his best yet.
The New York Times
Born June 25, 2003 on the island of Bali, pianist Joey Alexander originally learned about jazz from his father, who nurtured his gift of swing and improvisation by taking him to jam sessions with professional musicians in Bali, Jakarta, and Odessa, Ukraine. An invitation from Wynton Marsalis led to his U.S. debut appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall in 2014, where he amazed the audience with his musicality. In 2015 received an invitation from impresario George Wein to perform on two stages at the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival. Since then, Joey has been paying his dues and honing his craft.
At the age of 14, Joey 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 release to honor Thelonious Monk’s centennial.His third studio effort Eclipse features bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, and guest appearances by saxophonist Joshua Redman on three tracks.
With the release of Eclipse, Joey Alexander has created an ever more personal and powerful statement of his musical and artistic vision. His work continues to draw from his inspirations of the past, as well as his faith, bandmates, and the people, places and events he encounters, all while putting his own progressive stamp on the music by constantly exploring, both on stage and in the studio.
Jazz in June’s Steinway piano provided by Jacobs Music.