Joey Alexander Trio

Friday, April 20, 2018 7:30 p.m. - Schaeffer Auditorium

Performing Artists Series

Joey Alexander Trio

Born on June 25, 2003 on the island of Bali, pianist Joey Alexander originally learned about jazz from his dad, who exposed his son to a variety of classic albums from his extensive collection. At the age of six, Joey began teaching himself to play piano using a mini electronic keyboard. Joey's musicianship and grasp of jazz fundamentals developed at a remarkable pace, and at age eight UNESCO invited him to play solo piano for an elated Herbie Hancock during the piano great's visit to Indonesia. Joey later remarked to Hancock, "You told me that you believed in me, and that was the day I decided to dedicate my childhood to jazz."

In 2014, an invitation from Wynton Marsalis led to his U.S. debut appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center where he amazed the audience with his musicality. Over the past two years Joey has been paying his dues and honing his craft: learning what it means to be a bandleader and seeking out sidemen who are also collaborators. The Joey Alexander Trio has performed at well-known venues and major festivals across the United States and around the globe.

Tickets $35