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Joey Alexander: An 11-year-old prodigy performs old-school jazz

ジョーイ・アレキサンダー: 11歳の神童が奏でるモダンジャズピアノ

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父親の古いレコードを聴いて育ったジョーイ・アレキサンダーは、小学生とは思えないキレのあるモダンジャズピアノを演奏します。セロニアス・モンクのカバー曲でTEDの聴衆を魅了する、11歳の神童の演奏をお聴きください

- Jazz pianist
Young piano player Joey Alexander has an old soul's gift for jazz. Full bio

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Translated by Masako Kigami
Reviewed by Maki Sugimoto

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About the Speaker:

Joey Alexander - Jazz pianist
Young piano player Joey Alexander has an old soul's gift for jazz.

Why you should listen

A native of Bali, Joey Alexander taught himself to play piano by listening to classic jazz albums his father shared with him. Alexander’s father recognized his son’s ear for jazz, and soon he was sitting in on jam sessions with senior musicians. And a (very) few years later, he's playing for worldwide audiences from Jakarta to Copenhagen to Washington, DC.

Influenced by Monk, Coltrane and his mutual fan, Herbie Hancock, Alexander's style is "technically fluent and harmonically astute," says the New York Times, and marked by large-canvas musical ideas -- as seen in a legendary rehearsal-room take on "Giant Steps" in which the shifting chords and dizzy runs fly out from his tiny fingers. His new record, My Favorite Things, was released in 2015.

More profile about the speaker
Joey Alexander | Speaker | TED.com