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Twelve-year-old piano prodigy makes Arab world debut as part of the highly acclaimed ‘Festival Recital Series’

Joey Alexander Trio perform at Abu Dhabi Festival 28th Apr 2016

Young jazz sensation Joey Alexander takes audience by storm with a remarkable performance at the 2016 Abu Dhabi Festival

Hot on the heels of the release of his debut album, twelve-year-old jazz prodigy Joey Alexander last night made his Arab world debut at the Abu Dhabi Festival 2016. As the first of two concerts – part of the Festival’s popular ‘Festival Recital Series’ at New York University Abu Dhabi Arts Center – the Grammy-nominated pianist delighted his audience with an evening of jazz classics and original compositions from his album ‘My Favourite Things’.

Performing with imagination and sophistication with Dan Chmielinski on bass and Ulysses Owens Jr. on drums, Joey proved why he is one of the most sought-after young piano stars on the planet with dazzling arrangements including ‘Countdown’ by John Coltrane, a spirited interplay with his band mates during ‘Maiden Voyage’ by Herbie Hancock, and remarkable original compositions including ‘Sunday Waltz’, ‘City Lights’, and ‘Ma Blues’


Born in Bali in 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six. Learning by listening, Joey’s early influences include Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and John Coltrane. In February 2016, Alexander was nominated for the Grammy Awards Best Jazz Instrumental Album for ‘My Favorite Things’ and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for ‘Giant Steps’.

Taking to the stage for the second concert in the ‘Festival Recital Series’, Grammy-nominated artist Alfredo Rodríguez will perform with his trio on Thursday 28 April at New York University Abu Dhabi Arts Center.