LIVE: The Joey Alexander Trio @ the Woodstock Playhouse, 1/30/16
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.
Alexander has been nominated for Best Jazz Improvised Jazz Solo (for “Giant Steps”) and Best Jazz Instrumental Album (for My Favorite Things) at the Grammy Awards, which will be presented on Monday, February 15.
The Woodstock concert was the first of a series of concerts to be presented by Jazzstock, a Woodstock-based concert series that is presenting a diverse group of jazz artists in the most famous small town in the world. The next performance in the series will Duos 2+2 featuring a pair of voice-and-bass duos, Sheila Jordan with Cameron Brown as well as Jazzstock founders Teri Roiger with John Menegon. The concert will be held at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 27 at the Woodstock Community Center, and tickets are priced at $30.
See more of Rudy Lu’s photographs of this concert at Rudy Lu Photos