NTCH Summer Jazz Party - Joey Alexander Trio
Much anticipated by jazz listeners, the NTCH Summer Jazz Party, one of the most established Jazz Festival in Taiwan with some of the greatest Jazz performers in its cast, has officially entered its 17th year. The theme of this year is “Life is Jazz, Play it Loud.”
Jazz music began in New Orleans and has a history of more than a century. Nowadays, the term “Jazz” means more than the jazz music itself. It also represents an attitude of living. It is a style that is free, unrestrained, and improvised. It encourages people to express themselves with confidence and bravery.
The 2019 NTCH Summer Jazz Party has invited a great cast of world-famous Jazz musicians. The legendary saxophone player Charles Lloyd, winner of Monterey Jazz Festival lifetime achievement award, will perform in Taiwan again. The 16-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander, who already won two Grammy’s nominations, will come and perform in Taiwan for the first time. The NTCH Summer Jazz Project Concert, Jazz Afternoon with fresh groove, and Jazz at the Bistro will feature some of the best jazz musicians in Taiwan and from abroad. This year the festival will pay tribute to Louis Armstrong, the father of jazz music, and bring the audience back to the golden age of jazz in the early and middle 20th century. The Summer Jazz Party also presents a special event that transforms the Experimental Theatre into St. Nick’s Pub, the legendary jazz pub full of humanistic jazz spirit in Harlem, New York city, and brings the audience back in time to the Jazz Age.
It doesn’t matter if you prefer to enjoy jazz in a pub, in a concert hall, or in an outdoor swing party, NTCH Summer Jazz Party has something for all of you. Let’s play it loud!
Joey Alexander, Piano
Born June 25, 2003 on the island of Bali, pianist Joey Alexander originally learned about jazz from his father, who introduced his son to a variety of classic jazz, gospel, classical, rock, and pop albums. Joey’s dad nurtured his gift of swing and improvisation by taking him to jam sessions with professional musicians in Bali, Jakarta, and Odessa, Ukraine. His musicianship and grasp of jazz fundamentals developed at a remarkable pace, and at age eight UNESCO invited him to play solo piano for an elated Herbie Hancock during the piano great’s visit to Indonesia.
By 10, he was performing at jazz festivals in both Jakarta and Copenhagen. An invitation from Wynton Marsalis led to his U.S. debut appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall in 2014, where he amazed the audience with his musicality. This was followed by appearances before the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at Gotham Hall. Realizing God’s gift to Joey and wishing to encourage its continued development, the family relocated to the United States.
In 2015 received an invitation from impresario George Wein to perform on two stages at the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival. Joey took full advantage of the opportunity and brought audiences to their feet with his playful musicality and keen sense of swing. Joey performed twice at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards, including a solo performance of his original tune City Lights during the live broadcast, collaborated with Esperanza Spaulding and Wayne Shorter at the White House for International Jazz Day, performed and recorded My Favorite Things with singer Kelsea Ballerini for the CMA Country Christmas broadcast, and has been featured in numerous programs with Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.
Over the past four years Joey has been paying his dues and honing his craft: learning what it means to be a bandleader, keeping material fresh after repeated performances, and seeking out sidemen who are also collaborators. Along the way, The Joey Alexander Trio has performed at well-known venues and major festivals across the United States and around the globe.
*Joey Alexander is a Steinway Artist.
Kendrick Scott, Drum
Kendrick Scott was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in a family of musicians. By age 8 he had taken up the drums and he later attended Houston’s renown High School for the Performing Arts, a school which has produced an impressive array of musical talent including Scott’s label mates Jason Moran and Robert Glasper, as well as pop star Beyoncé and many others. While still attending HSPVA, Scott won several DownBeat Magazine student awards, as well as the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Award from the International Association of Jazz Educators. He was later awarded a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music, where he majored in music education.
Scott has toured with Herbie Hancock, Charles Lloyd, The Crusaders, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kurt Elling, and Terence Blanchard, also appearing on several of the trumpeter’s Blue Note albums including Flow (2005), A Tale of God’s Will (2007), and Magnetic (2013). Kendrick has released three albums as a bandleader including two previous albums with Oracle: The Source (2007) and Conviction (2013). Scott is a member of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary all-star band that includes Ambrose Akinmusire, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Lionel Loueke, and Marcus Strickland.
Kris Funn, Bass
Kris Funn was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He began playing the trumpet at age four and took up the double bass at age 14 upon entering high school. Through the instruction of his father, Charles Funn, Kris performed his first professional bass gig the same year he began learning the instrument. Other early accomplishments included winning the “unsung hero” at the Fish Middleton jazz competition at the East Coast Jazz festival also in the first year of instruction. At age 18, Kris attended Howard University to study Computer Science while also performing in the Howard University Jazz Ensemble for two years. After graduating with an honors degree in computer science, Kris decided to pursue a career as a professional jazz musician, performing in several venues in the Baltimore- Washington metropolitan area.
At age 23, Kris began touring internationally with alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Since then, he has traveled to every major jazz festival in the world touching six continents performing with artists including Christian Scott, Nicholas Payton, Benny Golson, Bruce Williams, Warren Wolf, Sean Jones, Pharoah Sanders, Jeff Lorber, Kamasi Washington, Joey Alexander and many others. Kris has appeared on several recordings including the Christian Scott albums, “Yesterday You Said Tomorrow”, “Christian aTunde Adjuah” and “Stretch Music”. Kris recently released his debut album, “Cornerstore”, and he continues to perform professionally in the Washington D.C. area when not touring internationally.
Organizer: National Theater and Concert Hall
Designated accommodation: Silks Hotels
◎Approx. 90 minutes without intermission.
◎The program is subject to change
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