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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

March 25, 2015

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

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

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(ピアノ演奏)
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(ピアノ演奏)(拍手)
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Translator:Masako Kigami
Reviewer:Maki Sugimoto

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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.

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