Joey Alexander taught himself to play jazz at age six by listening to his father's classic jazz albums. Making his Maui debut at 18 years of age, this three-time Grammy nominated jazz pianist has had a momentous whirlwind period the past five years during which he became one of the most acclaimed and accomplished young talents in jazz history. He rapidly became a renowned festival and concert-hall headliner, the youngest musician ever nominated for a Grammy Award in a jazz category, a media favorite who’s earned a profile on 60 Minutes and a front-page profile in The New York Times.
His sidemen for the Maui concert are Kris Funn
, on bass and John Davis
Alexander has become one of the most expressive and dynamic pianist-composers currently at work in jazz. Alexander’s unique gifts as a performer can still stun concertgoers, but his music, including original work and personalized interpretations of classic songs, have now taken their rightful place in the spotlight.
Early on in Alexander’s ascent, the trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center leader Wynton Marsalis said that “there has never been anyone … who could play like that at his age.” Marsalis, who essentially “discovered” Alexander via his YouTube videos, is who invited him to New York. Alexander continues to maintain a steadfast dedication to his craft, continuing to evolve as one of today’s most distinguished composers and bandleaders.
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See his trio in a recent concert HERE, performing with his sidemen for the Maui show, Kris Funn and John Davis.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Yokouchi Pavilion from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. See menu HERE.