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Joey Alexander

Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpasar in 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

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Article: Radio

Saluting Harold Arlen

Read "Saluting Harold Arlen" reviewed by Russell Perry


Born Hyman Arluck on February 15, 1905, Harold Arlen was one of the most important composers of the Great American songbook. Arlen's first collaboration with lyricist Ted Koehler, “Get Happy," became his first hit in 1930 and ever since his tunes have been covered by jazz artists. In 2000, his collaboration with Yip Harburg, “Over the ...

Album

Warna

Label: Verve Music Group
Released: 2020
Track listing: Warna; Mosaic (Of Beauty); Lonely Streets; Downtime; Affirmation I; Inner Urge; We Here; Tis Our Prayer; Fragile; Our Story; Affirmation III; The Light.

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Quarantine Concert Series: Joey Alexander

Featuring the music of Joey Alexander
Duration: 58:36

Piano phenom Joey Alexander joins host Kabir Sehgal for a special appearance on the Quarantine Concert Series where Joey performs music from his new release Warna (Verve Records) and answers questions from viewers.

Article: Radio

Joey Alexander, Kenny Barron and Ellis Marsalis

Read "Joey Alexander, Kenny Barron and Ellis Marsalis" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Neon Jazz is here for during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week we start the show with the young and very talented Joey Alexander and wrap it up with the late, great Ellis Marsalis. Support the jazz and enjoy the music. Playlist Joey Alexander “Warna" Warna (Verve) 00:00 Host talks 7:03 Wallace Roney “Children's Games'" ...

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2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

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Article: Album Review

Martina DaSilva: A Very Chimytina Christmas

Read "A Very Chimytina Christmas" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Holiday music is its own discrete industry. Each October and November sees an uptick in releases devoted to the Christmas Season. The repertoire is well established with a core of compositions derived from the Middle Ages to the present day, including both religious and folk and popular music. While the holiday songbook is predictable, it also ...

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Take Five with Jeff Lofton

Read "Take Five with Jeff Lofton" reviewed by Jeff Lofton


About Jeff Lofton Jazz trumpeter and composer Jeff Lofton is a Grammy member and two time SXSW Austin Music Awards winner. His creativity, musical integrity and talent has been well-received in both his 1950's Miles Davis tribute as well as his original material. In 2009 the City of jny: Austin proclaimed January 15th “Jeff ...

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Take Five with Donna Singer

Read "Take Five with Donna Singer" reviewed by Donna Singer


About Donna Singer Raised in the lush Catskills, Donna Singer graduated from the New York Academy of Theatrical Arts, then studied at The Juilliard School. Her far reaching career includes European concerts in Paris, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy and Wales. She has performed at the Metropolitan Opera Guild Recital Hall in Lincoln Center, Central Park's ...

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Article: Jazz Journal

Spring 2019

Read "Spring 2019" reviewed by Doug Collette


Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Brandon Goldberg Let's Play Self Produced 2019 Brandon Goldberg's debut album offers proof ...


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