“SALT” (March 19, 2021)
“Under the Sun” (April 23, 2021)
“Summer Rising” (May 28, 2021)
“Joey Alexander transforms from child prodigy to jazz fixture” –NPR
“…an amazing jazz pianist.” –BuzzFeed
“…he’s becoming a musical sensation.” –60 Minutes
“Joey Alexander…has an old jazz soul.” –The Guardian
“He is constantly adding to his improvising playbook, incorporating new moves into an increasingly seamless expression, and fleshing out what was already an impressively ambidextrous piano style.” –The New York Times
New York, NY — Friday, May 28, 2021 — Three-time GRAMMY Award-nominated pianist Joey Alexander follows his major-label debut album, WARNA (Verve Records), with three new singles “SALT” (March 19: LINK), “Under the Sun” (April 23: LINK), and “Summer Rising” (May 28: LINK) set for global release on Verve. In just seven years subsequent to the release of five critically-acclaimed albums (My Favorite Things, Countdown, Joey.Monk.Live!, Eclipse, WARNA), Alexander leads a career rarely witnessed in the jazz genre. He’s garnered international acclaim from mainstream media, three nominations from The Recording Academy, and high praise from legendary jazz icons while evolving into one of today’s most distinguished composers and bandleaders.
All before his 18th birthday (summer 2021), Alexander has accrued a lifetime of accolades and experiences a jazz pianist could only dream of. For Alexander, though, he’s met each career highlight with great humility and lets his music speak for itself. He’s appeared on primetime TV at the 58th GRAMMY Awards (2016); performed with Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding for the Obamas at the White House (International Jazz Day, 2016); sold-out his debut at Carnegie Hall‘s Zankel Hall (2019); sold-out the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center; and was profiled by 60 Minutes. A through-line consistent across his career remains a steadfast dedication to his craft as a melodic composer captivating the hearts of music fans across the globe.
Alexander’s third 2021 single, the track entitled “Summer Rising,” features special guest Jaleel Shaw on alto saxophone and his trio with Daniel Winshall (electric and upright bass) and Tyson D. Jackson (drums). “Summer Rising” emulates the beauty of summer in New York City. Upon hearing the simple mention of “summer,” the mind wonders to marvel in all of nature’s splendor, and it’s a time when music typically pours from outdoor stages throughout the world. Alexander offers a glimpse of elation in his harmonic chord changes while he and Jaleel Shaw trade off fervent solos.
“Summer is a time when we flourish,” says Alexander. “It’s a time of maturing. I wrote this composition in summer 2020 at the height of the pandemic in New York City. I wanted it to harness hopefulness; a sense of looking forward to a time when we can perform, and in this uncertainty, we don’t feel obligated and we don’t feel stuck. There are contrasts of beauty and some rough edges, like we’ve been facing. The piece really focuses on how do we rise above it?”
Nate Chinen of WBGO touts, “Joey Alexander captures the moment in an uplifting new single, ‘Summer Rising.'”
Released on March 19, “SALT” lays down a deep groove featuring the pianist on Fender Rhodes for the first time on a recording. His trio expands to a quintet on “SALT” featuring Jaleel Shaw (alto saxophone) and Gilad Hekselman (electric guitar).
On April 23, “Under The Sun” was released with Alexander taking us to the roots of jazz where the blues are the key ingredient. The piece moves from contemplative to bluesy and free and back again, with one main narrative throughout – Under the Sun we’re all just human beings – nuanced and complex creatures struggling to make ends meet individually while continually striving to seek peace, love and justice for everyone.
Embodying a jaw-dropping mastery of jazz standards, Alexander now sets his sights beyond the break-out successes as a brilliant talent with razor-sharp focus on composing idiosyncratic original works. Alexander’s latest recordings are at once highly expressive, emotional, and sincere. 2021 welcomes the thrilling pianist-composer with open arms.
To purchase and/or stream “Summer Rising,” please visit: https://JoeyAlexander.lnk.to/SummerRising
To listen to “Summer Rising” on YouTube, please visit: https://JoeyAlexander.lnk.to/summervideo
Joey Alexander(VERVE Records)
1. “SALT” (March 19, 2021)
2. “Under the Sun” (April 23, 2021)
3. “Summer Rising” (May 28, 2021)