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Joey Alexander with Strings
The Appel Room
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street
Friday October 19 & Saturday October 20
Still only 15 years old, Indonesia-born Joey Alexander is more than just a piano prodigy, but one of the most exciting keyboardists playing today. As his albums, My Favorite Things (2015), Countdown (2016), Joey. Monk. Live! (2017), and this year’s Eclipse show, he is constantly inventive, creative, and surprising, like the best pianists in the history of jazz, constantly coming up with new ways to play a familiar song, and also a gifted composer of originals, like the memorable “Sunday Waltz” (on the second album). This session with a string orchestra is a new project, orchestrated and conducted by Jazz at Lincoln Center veteran Rich DeRosa, who has contributed some of the most memorable arrangements to the JALC Orchestra over the years - and hopefully this music will eventually find its way onto an album as well.
Author: Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
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