Featuring Joey Alexander Child Jazz Prodigy


Joey Alexander

Joey Alexander

Thanks go to my good jazz friend Philippe Briand for alerting me to Joey Alexander from Bali, Indonesia, just 12 years old and already a jazz prodigy.

 “A look at Joey’s site will give you the lowdown on his burgeoning career. To sum it up, Joey was born on June 6th 2003 in Denpasar, on the east coast of Bali, Indonesia. He has just turned 12, but in most of his Youtube videos, he is only 10 or 11. It all began at age 6, when his dad bought him a colour code piano (the Rainbow Method). Joey immediately began to pick out by ear tunes from his parents CD collection. His father remembers : “one day when I came home from work, he was playing some complex jazz melodies.”

In an interview from June 6th 2005 at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Joey explains : “my parents introduced me to jazz, especially my dad. He and I always listen together. Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr, and Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk of course, were my main influences and I listen to them, up to Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter of course, Herbie Hancock, I listen to all of them. I like gospel especially, Aretha Franklin, also I like pop, I like the soul musicians like James Brown, Michael Jackson and also the Beatles.”

“Joey Alexander is a jazz pianist from Indonesia and is considered a child prodigy. He released his first album, “My Favorite Things”, on May 12, 2015, at age 11”. (Wikipedia) 

For the full story, over to Philippe’s and other relevant websites:




http://www.telegraph.co.uk: The 11 Year Old Taking Jazz The Jazz World By Storm

“It’s hard to comprehend … a whole new thing!” (Larry Grenadier)

“There’s no way to prepare you for what you are going to experience … until you actually see it happen!” (Jason Olaine)

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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