Joey Alexan­der

NCH, Dublin, 8pm, ¤40/¤35/¤30, nch.ie

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - CL

He doesn’t like the “prodigy” tag, but it’s hard to find an­other word more ap­pro­pri­ate to as­ton­ish­ing 13-year-old pi­anist Joey Alexan­der (right). Born and raised in Bali, In­done­sia, a nine-year-old Alexan­der played for Her­bie Han­cock while on a visit to the is­land, and the el­der man im­me­di­ately recog­nised a fel­low pi­anist. So Joey and his par­ents left par­adise be­hind and set­tled in New York, where his tech­ni­cal mas­tery and un­usual mu­si­cal ma­tu­rity is mak­ing ev­ery other piano player there feel just a lit­tle sick. Now a ma­jor, Grammy-nom­i­nated record­ing star with two best­selling al­bums un­der his belt, the diminu­tive pi­anist ar­rives in Dublin with his trio, fea­tur­ing Wil­lie Jones III on drums and Alex Claffy on bass.

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