JT Track Premiere: Joey Alexander’s “Faithful”

The pianist shares song from forthcoming album "Eclipse" to be released May 4, 2018 on Motema Music

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Joey Alexander (photo by Jimmy Katz)

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The 14-year-old pianist Joey Alexander is set to release his fourth album as a leader – Eclipse – for Motema Music on May 4, 2018.  Having already received three Grammy nominations, Alexander is backed on the album by Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums, along with special guest Joshua Redman. Produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Director of Programming Jason Olaine, Eclipse features covers of John Coltrane’s “Moment’s Notice,” Ray Nobel’s “The Very Thought of You,” the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” the hymn “Draw Me Nearer” and Bill Evans’ “Time Remembered,” as well as six originals.

Motema Music has offered this premiere of Alexander’s composition “Faithful” to JazzTimes readers.

He says about the track: “‘Faithful is in 5/8 – I wanted to compose a song in an unusual meter to reflect the uncertainty of my family’s journey. I’ll never forget our struggles in Indonesia for opportunities to pursue the music, leaving Bali for Jakarta and then New York, only believing in what we could not yet see. By God’s grace I could play.  I hope my music brings hope and love to all who hear it.”

Listen here to “Faithful” by Joey Alexander:

Tour Dates:
March 30: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ
March 31: Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City, UT
April 20: Schaeffer Auditorium, Kutztown, PA
April 21: Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, York, PA
April 22: Exit 0 International Jazz Festival, Cape May, NJ
April 27: Musco Center for the Arts, Orange, CA
April 28: Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA
April 29: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) CA
May 5: Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
May 12 + 13: Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Oakland, CA
June 23: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY
June 29: Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
June 30: Ajaccio Jazz Festival, Corsica
July 6: Wadowice Jazz Festival, Wadowice, Poland
July 15: Teatro Morlacchi (Perugia Jazz Festival), Perugia, Italy
July 17: Jazz Open Festival, Stuttgart, Germany

Learn more at the Joey Alexander website.

Read Nate Chinen’s profile of Joey Alexander from the September 2016 issue of JazzTimes.