Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Last weekend, Joey Alexander – the Indonesian-born 12-year-old Grammy-nominated jazz pianist – made his third appearance in Greater Nippertown within the last six months. Following his Local 518 debut at the Music Haven in Schenectady and a show at Club Helsinki in Hudson (both last August), the jazz prodigy took over the Woodstock Playhouse, playing to a sold out audience. And that was after the concert was moved from the smaller Woodstock Community Center due to the demand for tickets.
He dazzled the audience with his technique, originality and most impressively with the emotional depth of his playing during a set of standards mixed with originals. Up-and-coming drummer Kyle Poole and bassist Dan Chmielinski had the daunting challenge of following Alexander’s lead throughout the set and follow him they did – both accompanying the adventurous pianist and performing solos when they were given a chance to stretch out.