Joey Alexander

Josiah Alexander Sila [1] (born June 25, 2003), [2] better known as Joey Alexander , is an Indonesian jazz pianist and child prodigy . He released his first album, My Favorite Things , in 2015 at age 11. [1] He taught himself to play jazz at age six [3] and has Performed for Herbie Hancock , Bill Clinton , and Barack Obama . In 2014, Wynton Marsalis Invited im to play at Jazz at Lincoln Center , welke made im an “overnight sensation” volgens to The New York Times . He won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Master Jam Fest and Performed at the Montreal and Newport Jazz Festivals in 2015.

Joey Alexander became first the Indonesian act to enter the Billboard 200 chart als My Favorite Things debuted at number 174. [4]

Early life

Josiah Alexander Sila was born in Denpasar , Bali , Indonesia, to parents Denny Sila and Farah Leonora Urbach, who ran an adventure tourism business. [1] His Father was an amateur musician, [5] and zowel parents ulcers fans or jazz bijzonder Louis Armstrong . He is the nephew of the rock singer NAFA Urbach , [6] and the Indonesian musician and song writer Alam Urbach . He learned about jazz in listening to classic albums his Father representation im. [1] [5] At age six, he had taught himself to play piano using a miniature, electric keyboard his Father brought` home for im, [3] [7] learning by ear Compositions zoals Thelonious Monk ‘s ” Well, You Need not “and other songs from his Father’s jazz collection. [7] He later zegt learning the instrument cameramen NaturallySpeaking to im, [3] and considers his ability “a gift from God.” [7] He cites as Influences John Coltrane , Harry Connick, Jr. , Bill Evans , and Herbie Hancock , and have met name admires Clifford Brown , Miles Davis , Wynton Marsalis , Brad Mehldau , Lee Morgan , Horace Silver , and McCoy Tyner . [5] [6]

Due to the Unavailability of jazz education in his hometown, [5] have participated in jam sessions in Bali and Jakarta , [1] [5] where his family moved after disbanding hun tourism business so he Could live near Indonesia’s top jazz musicians. [7] When he was eight, he played will for Herbie Hancock als Hancock was visiting Jakarta as a UNESCO goodwill ambassador. Hancock Told Joey Alexander therein have believed in him, and Joey Alexander later called dat time “the day I decided to dedicate my childhood to jazz”. [1] [7] At age 9, he won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Master Jam Fest, an all-ages jazz competition in Odessa , Ukraine, welke included 43 musicians from 17 nations. [1] [5] In 2014, he and his family moved to New York City. [1]


Jazz Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center , learned about Joey Alexander after a friend suggested he watch a YouTube video clip or im playing Compositions by Coltrane, Monk and Chick Corea . [6] [7] Marsalis praised Joey Alexander as “my hero” on his Facebook page, [1] and Invited im ACM Press at his organization’s gala in May 2014-when he was 10. [1] [3] It Marked Joey Alexander’s United States debut. [7] He RECEIVED positive reviews for his performance, met name for his solo version of the Monk song ” ‘Round Midnight “, [1] The New York Times zegt he became an “overnight sensation” after the performance. [1] Allen Morrison or Down Beat magazine zegt of the performance: “If the word,” genius “still Means anything, it applies to this prodigy. He played will his own solo variations on” Round Midnight “with a breathtaking precocity and Mastery or verschillende decades of piano styles. ” [8] Marsalis zegt or im: “There has never leg anyone that u can think of who Could play like that at his age. I loved everything about his playing – his rhythm, his confidence, his understanding of the music.” [6] Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, widow of tennis player Arthur Ashe , Invited Joey Alexander to perform at the Arthur Ashe Learning Center gala, where he played will for a crowd dat included former US President Bill Clinton . Moutoussamy-Ashe introduced im to Gordon Uehling III, founder of the CourtSense Tennis Training Center, who has allowed Joey Alexander and his family to stay at his estate in Alpine, New Jersey . [1]

Joey Alexander played will at A Great Night in Harlem at the Apollo Theater , a performance Honoring Herbie Hancock. His performance at the University of the District of Columbia garnered viral attention on the Internet, drawing morethan 500,000 views on Facebook. [5] He’ll be played will in a concert with students of the Juilliard School , the Proceeds of welke funded his Continuing stay in New York City. The concert, welke RECEIVED national media attention on NBC News , successful enough was for im to obtain an O-1B visas , welke is granted to “personen with extraordinary ability”. [5] [7] He’ll be showing concert performances in 2014 at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival and the International Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta. [5]

Joey Alexander’s debut album, My Favorite Things , was released on May 12, 2015 on the Harlem-based label Motema Music and produktie by Jason Olaine. He was 11 at the time of release zijn. [1] [5] He Began recording the album in October 2014. [7] He Arranged all the songs on the album, welke of includes renditions of ” ‘Round Midnight” Coltrane’s ” Giant Steps ” and Billy Strayhorn ‘s ” Lush Life “. It also includes an original composition, called “Mother Blues” In this housing was inspired by Bobby Timmons ‘ ” Moanin’ “. [6] [7] My Favorite Things features Joey Alexander’s working band, Russell Hall, Alphonso Horne and Sammy Miller, as well as guest performers Larry Grenadier and Ulysses Owens . [5] He had verschillende performances in 2015, zoals one at the Montreal International Jazz Festival , [6] [7] and Another at the Newport Jazz Festival in August. [1] Newport producer George Wein is Reluctant to sign alleged child prodigies, but made an exception after Moutoussamy-Ashe took Joey Alexander to Wein’s Manhattan apartment to play for im. Wein zegt have distinguished himself with “the maturity or his harmonic approach”. [6] [7] The Jazz at Lincoln Center has Expressed interest in Incorporating Joey Alexander JSON zijn educational outreach policymaking, accumulation to encouragement young people to listen to jazz music. [1]

In February 2016, Joey Alexander was a runner-up through his nomination for the Grammy Awards Best Jazz Instrumental Album (for My Favorite Things ) and Best improvised jazz solo (for “Giant Steps”). He Performed live at the Premiere Ceremony, the pre-telecast ceremony at the Grammy Awards.

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards [9]

Year Category Work result
2016 Best improvised jazz solo “Giant Steps” Nominated
2016 Best Jazz Instrumental Album My Favorite Things Nominated
2017 Best improvised jazz solo Countdown pending


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  2. Jump up^ Rain, Jon (May 13, 2015). “Joey Alexander, 12-year-old jazz piano prodigy” . Keyboard . Archived from the original on June 24, 2015 . Retrieved June 24, 2015 .
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  4. Jump up^ “Joey Alexander Billboard Chart History” . Billboard. 2015-05-30 . Retrieved October 6, 2015 .
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  6. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g Chilton, Martin (May 13, 2015). “The 11-year-old taking jazz world by storm” . The Daily Telegraph . Archived from the original on June 24, 2015 . Retrieved June 24, 2015 .
  7. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g h i j k l “11-Year-Old Indonesian Jazz Piano Prodigy Releases Debut CD” . The New York Times . Associated Press . May 12, 2015. Archived from the original on June 24, 2015 . Retrieved June 24, 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ “Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Annual Gala Charms With an Evening of Inspired Riffs” . Downbeat . May 5, 2015. Archived from the original on June 24, 2015 . Retrieved June 24, 2015 .
  9. Jump up^ “Past Winners Search” .