THREE-TIME GRAMMY® NOMINEE
HONORS JAZZ ICON THELONIOUS MONK’s CENTENNIAL WITH
Streaming Exclusively on Apple Music
& Available for Digital Download on iTunes 9/29, Available Digitally Everywhere 10/13
Recorded at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Celebrating Monk’s Legacy
Album Release Event: Jazz Standard in NYC October 10th, 2017 (Thelonious Monk’s Centennial Birthday)
“[Joey Alexander is] On his way to becoming one of the greatest jazz artists of our time.” — Lester Holt, The Today Show
New York, NY – September 28, 2017 – 14-year-old pianist and three-time GRAMMY® nominee Joey Alexander will release, Joey.Monk.Live! on Motéma Music, in honor of jazz icon Thelonious Monk’s 100th Birthday. The album will stream exclusively on Apple Music and be available for digital download on iTunes on Friday, September 29, followed by wider digital release on Friday, October 13.
Joey routinely cites Monk as his greatest influence. This trio project, recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center in June 2017, features fresh arrangements of seven iconic Monk compositions. There are five stellar trio tracks – “Evidence,” “Ugly Beauty,” “Rhythm-A- Ning,” “Epistrophy,” and “Straight No Chaser” – featuring bassist Scott Colley and drummer Willie Jones III, as well as a pair of imaginative and lyrical solo excursions on, “Round Midnight,” and “Pannonica.”
To celebrate the new album and Monk’s legacy, Joey will headline New York’s Jazz Standard one-night only on Monk’s Centennial, Tuesday, October 10, with fellow Motéma artist, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Joey’s frequent collaborator Ulysses Owens Jr. on drums.
The weight of Monk’s influence is evident in elements of Joey’s unique piano style, his thoughtful approach to Monk classics on his first two albums, My Favorite Things (2015) and Countdown (2016), and in the growing body of compelling Joey Alexander originals, three of which were featured on his prior albums, with six more to be unveiled when his third studio album is released in 2018.
“Thelonious Monk taught me to groove, bounce, understand space, be patient, be simple, sometimes be mysterious but, most of all, to be joyful,” reflects Joey. “In my arrangements, I tried to stay true to the essence of his music – to treat it with the highest level of respect. Thelonious Monk’s music is the essence of beauty.”
About Joey Alexander
Since coming to the United States in 2014, the response to Joey has been astonishing. The Bali-born 14-year old has experienced one of the most rapidly ascendant careers in jazz history. Since releasing his chart-topping albums, My Favorite Things (2015) and Countdown (2016), Joey has earned a combined three GRAMMY® Award nominations, making him the youngest jazz artist ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award. His musical adroitness earned him appearances on the GRAMMY® Awards, The Today Show, CNN, as well as CBS 60 Minutes profile by Anderson Cooper, fueling a rare level of public notoriety for Joey as a jazz musician, both within the jazz community and among the public at large.
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