by Peter Aaron
Alexander has just received two Grammy nominations for his debut, My Favorite Things (Motema Records). He taught himself to play piano by listening with his father, an amateur musician, to classic jazz albums. Faced with a lack of jazz education in Bali, Alexander began attending jam sessions with senior musicians. From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz. UNESCO invited him to play solo piano in honor of his jazz idol Herbie Hancock, who provides enthusiastic support to the young savant’s budding career.
The Joey Alexander Trio will perform at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, New York, on January 30 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35. For more information, call (845) 802-0029 or visit www.jazzstock.com.