At 14 years of age, Joey Alexander is quite the extraordinary teenager. He began learning to play the piano by ear at age 6, and has not looked back since. The world came to know Joey two years later when he was invited by UNESCO to play at an event. Also in attendance at the event was legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. 

In order to further pursue his passion and develop his talents further, Joey and his parents moved to New York in 2014. Within a year, Joey had released his debut album, My Favorite Things. With the release of this album, Joey became the first Indonesian musician to have an entry in the Billboard Top 200 list.

Joey’s immense talent did not go unnoticed as his album was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in 2016. He was also nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo. In addition, Joey also performed at the Premiere Ceremony, the pre-telecast ceremony at the Grammy Awards. Since then, Joey has been invited to perform at the White House, and on American TV shows.

For his second album, Countdown, Joey not only pays tribute to jazz classics and the greats, he has also stepped forward as a composer. With the release of his second album, Joey has begun touring the US and Asia. Suffice to say Joey is well on his way to becoming one of the biggest names in jazz.

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