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Joey Alexander

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Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpasar on June 25th, 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” and other jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear. His father, an amateur musician, nurtured Joey’s gift for swing and improvisation by introducing him to classic jazz recordings and taking him to jam sessions with seasoned musicians in Bali and Jakarta. From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz. Learning by listening, Joey’s early influences include Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and John Coltrane, and he has a special affinity for trumpet players including Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis

Album

Origin

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Remembering; On the Horizon; Dear Autumn; Winter Blues; Promise of Spring; Summer Rising; Midnight Waves; Angel Eyes; Rise Up; Hesitation.

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Article: Album Review

Joey Alexander: Origin

Read "Origin" reviewed by Peter Jones


Pianist Joey Alexander was never going to spend his life churning out standards. You could tell from his reimagined version of “Giant Steps," the first track on his 2015 debut album, which begins with a dazzling two-minute solo introduction. The same album also features an original tune, the prowling “Ma Blues." It was clearly only going ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Carlos Barba

Read "Take Five with Carlos Barba" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Carlos Barba Carlos Barba is an active performer, composer, educator, arranger, improvisor, producer, and multi-instrumentalist residing in El Paso, TX. He has recorded seven full-length albums as leader, two as sideman (Juan Pedro Macias Trio & Gabriel Balderas Quartet), two E.P./minidiscs, and two singles. The Carlos Barba Trio had the opportunity of opening for Antonio ...

Album

Naurora

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2021

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Kenneth Cobb

Read "Meet Kenneth Cobb" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


We suppose it makes sense that our latest Super Fan, a high-level mathematician—a contractor for NASA, no less—would keep meticulous records about, well, everything, from his massive CD and LP collection, to his personal road trip “mix tapes," to every concert he's attended. But applying his mathematical genius to fitting an entire week's worth of music ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Teddy Wilson, Harry Allen & Rahsaan Barber

Read "Teddy Wilson, Harry Allen & Rahsaan Barber" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From a crop of new young jazz lions, we begin the 713th Episode of Neon Jazz with Rahsaan Barber with a cut off his latest 2021 release Mosaic. We also take a look into the music of other new cats like Jack Brandfield, Emily Kuhn and David Lord. We wrap up this summer themed hour with ...

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Article: Album Review

Dewa Budjana: Naurora

Read "Naurora" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Balinese guitarist Dewa Budjana's seventh album on Moonjune Records, Naurora, reveals--for those who have not heard him--a musician of seemingly unlimited talent and an artist in possession of an expansive vision. He has been called a “progressive fusion maestro" and, if he has to be labeled, that description feels right. Leading off with this disc's eleven-minute ...

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Article: In Pictures

2021 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival

Read "2021 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde


We didn't think it would happen but after a year of Covid lockdowns live jazz returned to Saratoga Springs New York. Celebrating it's 44th anniversary over the June 26th weekend, the 2021 Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center had a small but strong lineup with a wide range of music. Saturday's performances ...

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Article: Live Review

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 26-27, 2021 The possibility of Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival returning this year was shaky in the spring months of 2021. COVID was showing signs of remission, but troubles still lingered. Both Danny Melnick, president of Absolutely Live ...


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