The 14-year-old jazz piano sensation makes his Nashville debut performing beloved tunes like “My Favorite Things,” “Lush Life,” “ ’Round Midnight,” and more, along with original compositions that reveal his innate gifts as a composer. Born in Bali, this child prodigy has appeared on The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN and more. His 2015 debut album, My Favorite Things, garnered two GRAMMY® nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Solo, making him the youngest jazz artist ever nominated for a GRAMMY®. Hear this gifted performer as he performs with his jazz trio, highlighting selections from his latest LP Countdown, for one night only at the Schermerhorn.


Come early Friday to enjoy food from Florinda's Cocina! Food trucks will be located on Symphony Place and open 90 minutes before the concert. Outside beverages are not permitted inside Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

 

 

Important Venue Updates:

  • Our café is now closed for renovations. During the café renovation only, outside food may be brought into the lobby spaces and courtyard of Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Outside beverages are not permitted in Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Click here for a list of nearby dining options.
  • Tickets are now scanned at outer doors of the Schermerhorn, which opens 90 minutes prior to performance. Click here for helpful info about building entry.
 

 

About Joey Alexander

  • He originally learned about jazz from his dad, who exposed his son to a variety of classic albums from his extensive collection. At age 6, Joey began teaching himself to play piano using a mini electronic keyboard given to him by his father. He was immediately able to pick out the melody of Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t,” but he didn’t stop there. Joey’s dad nurtured his gift of swing and improvisation by taking him to jam sessions with veteran musicians in Bali and Jakarta.
  • At age 8, UNESCO invited him to play solo piano for an elated Herbie Hancock during the piano great’s visit to Indonesia. Joey later remarked to Hancock, “You told me that you believed in me, and that was the day I decided to dedicate my childhood to jazz.”
  • An invitation from Wynton Marsalis led to his U.S. debut appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall in 2014, where he amazed the audience with his musicality, followed by appearances before the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at Gotham Hall.
  • Joey received an invitation from impresario George Wein to perform on two stages at the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival, where he brought audiences to their feet with his playful musicality and keen sense of swing.
  • Joey says that his growth as a composer is due to the hours he spends practicing piano in between his school, media and touring commitments – and his rare moments of free time in which he enjoys doing “regular kid things” like watching movies, playing games, swimming, and tennis. “Sometimes, when I’m just practicing or playing something, new melodic and rhythmic ideas come to me, and I realize that I’m actually starting to compose a song,” he says. “I think that writing memorable tunes comes from listening to so much music from composers and artists I like. I actually find it harder to interpret other people’s songs than to write my own, because I have to figure out and feel what the song is about and find a way to make it my own.”
  • Wynton Marsalis says of Joey, “There has never been anyone that you can think of who could play like that at his age. I love everything about his playing – his rhythm, his confidence, his understanding of the music.”