Joey Alexander Trio
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Joey Alexander, Piano
Larry Grenadier, Bass
Eric Harland, Drums
Luisito Quintero, Percussion
Event DurationThe concert will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Late Nights at Zankel Hall
Join us for a pre-concert drink at the Parterre Bar in Zankel Hall before concerts that start at 9 PM or later.
This concert and the Joyce and George T. Wein Shape of Jazz series are made possible by the Joyce and George Wein Foundation in memory of Joyce Wein.
Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC.
In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.
Too often, talented young artists succumb to believing so much in their own ability that they lose sight of their true potential as significant contributors to their field. Thankfully, there are others committed to evolving and lifting the music to new levels of appreciation with enthusiasm, engagement, and emotional depth. Enter pianist Joey Alexander, who at the age of 16 has already recorded two Grammy-nominated studio albums, 2015’s My Favorite Things and 2016’s Countdown, as well as Joey. Monk. Live!, a critically acclaimed surprise release from late 2017 to honor Thelonious Monk’s centennial. With his third studio effort, Eclipse, Alexander takes another giant step forward, demonstrating his aptitude as a composer, bandleader, and musician, hinting at the many artistic paths open to him in the decades ahead.
Championed by Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Wynton Marsalis, 16-year-old Alexander is the brightest light in jazz piano. His expressive range and musical maturity confounds the stereotypical definition of a young jazz star. Since his US debut five years ago at the Jazz at Lincoln Center gala, Alexander has performed on the 2016 Grammy Awards telecast, with Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding at the White House for International Jazz Day, with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at New York City’s Town Hall, and at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival, where he became the youngest artist in the festival’s history to lead a band.
Born in Bali in 2003, Alexander moved to New York City in 2014. He formed a trio and since then has performed at well-known venues and major festivals across the United States and around the globe, including tour dates in Tel Aviv, Marciac, Montreal, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Tokyo, Prague, Hong Kong, Paris, and his native Indonesia.
As one of the most accomplished bassists working in jazz today, Larry Grenadier has been praised as “a deeply intuitive” musician by The New York Times and as an instrumentalist with a “fluid sense of melody” by Bass Player magazine. He has created an expansive body of work in collaboration with many of the genre’s most inventive, influential musicians—from his early days playing with saxophone icons Joe Henderson and Stan Getz to what has been decades performing alongside pianist Brad Mehldau; from extended experiences working with the likes of Paul Motian and Pat Metheny to co-leading the cooperative trio Fly (with Mark Turner and Jeff Ballard) and quartet Hudson (with John Scofield, John Medeski, and Jack DeJohnette).
Throughout a performing and recording career that now spans three decades, it has been not only Grenadier’s instrumental virtuosity and instantly recognizable tone that have made him such an in-demand collaborator, but also his uncommon artistic sensitivity, imagination, and curiosity. Last February, ECM Records released his first album of solo bass. Titled The Gleaners, it presents originals by Grenadier alongside pieces by George Gershwin, John Coltrane, and Paul Motian, as well as a pair of pieces written especially for him by guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel. Grenadier also includes an instrumental interpretation of a song by his wife, and frequent collaborator, singer-songwriter Rebecca Martin.
A multiple Grammy nominee, Eric Harland is the most in-demand drummer of his generation. By age 36, he has already appeared on nearly 200 recordings and been featured in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, JazzTimes, Modern Drummer, All About Jazz, The New Yorker, DownBeat, and L’Uomo Vogue. He has shared the stage with masters such as Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, MyCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Savion Glover, Esperanza Spalding, Jane Monheit, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, and Stacie Orrico.
Harland’s current list of performing groups are James Farm with Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, and Matt Penman; Prism with Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, and Craig Taborn; Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Zakir Hussain; Lloyd’s New Quartet with Jason Moran and Reuben Rogers; The Overtone Quartet with Holland, Moran, and Chris Potter; and Voyager, Harland’s own widely recognized group. He also manages to fit in many collaborations with world-renowned artists like Les Claypool, John Mayer, Spike Lee, Mariah Carey, and Randy Jackson.
Through Harland’s extensive travels, he has come to realize that, “The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation.”
Luisito Quintero was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he was surrounded by Afro-Venezuelan rhythms. His father, who was also a percussionist, tutored and encouraged the young Luisito on timbales. Quintero continued on his musical journey at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, where his timbale technique soon gained attention. He joined popular music ensembles Guaco and El Trabuco Venezolano, and traveled extensively with Oscar D’León. He has since amassed countless performance and recording credits, working with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Richard Bona, Jack DeJohnette, Willie Colón, George Benson, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Nuyorican Soul, and Masters at Work.
Quintero has been an influential part of Louie Vega’s Elements of Life projects. Combining Afro-Latin rhythms with jazz and bossa nova sounds, Elements of Life quickly became one of the hottest albums to hit dance floors around the world. Quintero is also a member of the Elements of Life band that has been touring for the past three years, sharing stages with some of the top artists in the business, including Robert Plant, Lauryn Hill, and Alicia Keys. The band has performed at many of the world’s most respected festivals and venues, including the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Blue Note Tokyo, Jazz Café (London), and New Morning (Paris).