Joey Alexander Trio
“Championed by the likes of Quincy Jones & Wynton Marsalis, 15-year-old Joey Alexander is the brightest light in jazz-piano – a bona fide star.”
Friday, July 19th at 8 pm
Ventura College Performing Arts Center
4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura
Joey Alexander | piano
Kris Funn | bass
Quincy Phillips | drums
Bali-born (in 2003) Joey Alexander taught himself to play the piano at 6, learning jazz from both his father and by listening at home to his dad’s large jazz record collection. Moving to Jakarta at 8, he was invited by UNESCO to play solo piano for Herbie Hancock. At 9 he won the grand prize at the Master-Jam Fest in Ukraine and went on to perform at jazz festivals in Jakarta and Copenhagen. At 11 Wynton Marsalis asked him to debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and appearances at the White House, Newport Jazz Festival, Grammy Awards, and a feature on “60 Minutes” soon followed. Now 16 and living in New York, the global artist will present an evening with his trio featuring largely new music and songs from his recent tour de force studio album Eclipse. Both his debut album My Favorite Things and second CD Countdown received Grammy nominations and his surprise third release Joey. Monk. Live! honoring Thelonious Monk’s centennial documents his trio’s stand at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room in 2017. Building upon the swing and improvisational style that have made his performances a critical and popular success at well-known venues and major festivals around the world, the young pianist continues to astonish with his “every step toward a limitless future as a jazz bandleader,” composer and musician “hinting at the many artistic paths open to him in the decades ahead.” In Ventura expect to hear his most recent interpretations of jazz classics as well as his own original compositions.
Baltimore-born bassist Kris Funn graduated with honors from Howard University and, at 23, began touring internationally, traveling to every major jazz festival, appearing on many recordings and bringing his immense skills to the bands of Kenny Garrett, Christian Scott, Nicholas Payton and Sean Jones and, in 2018, an album of his own compositions, Cornerstore.
Quincy Phillips, who holds a B.A. in Music from Howard University, is a drummer, pianist and organist at his home church, East Baltimore Deliverance. A 30 year veteran of the music industry, he’s performed at the White House for President Barack Obama and continues touring with the ensembles of renowned musicians and composers, Roy Hargrove and Christian McBride.
Sponsors: Freddie & Al Contarino
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