ARTICLE: Joey Alexander, a jazz piano star at 14, counts Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis among his fans

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
April 22, 2018

Like many 14-year-olds, Joey Alexander collects action figures, likes to swim and cites “Black Panther” as his favorite recent movie.

Unlike any other 14-year-olds, he earned Grammy Award nominations in 2016 and 2017 in the Best Improvised Jazz Solo category, plus another in 2016 for Best Jazz Album. That was the same year he duetted with piano icon Chick Corea at the Rochester Jazz Festival and performed at the White House, at age 12, with saxophone legend Wayne Shorter and bassist Esperanza Spalding.

And unlike other 14-year-olds, Alexander has a fan base that includes jazz greats Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock, who began to champion the Indonesian-born pianist after hearing him play in Jakarta in 2011…