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Joey Alexander shares new music and his latest album

Pianist Joey Alexander's trio played three songs just for KNKX listeners at Jazz Alley
Abe Beeson
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Pianist Joey Alexander's trio played three songs just for KNKX listeners at Jazz Alley

Over his eight years as a professional jazz pianist, Joey Alexander has worked with stars like Joshua Redman and Wynton Marsalis. He's earned three Grammy nominations and his sixth album Origin comes out Friday.

Yes, Joey Alexander is still a month away from his 19th birthday, but the entirely original music on his new release shows a pianist with musical maturity. He's also added the Fender Rhodes to his bag of tricks, which he showed off in an exclusive KNKX studio session at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley this month.

Alexander spoke with KNKX jazz host Abe Beeson about playing electric keys, writing music in the pandemic, and how much he appreciates the chance to play for audiences again. With bassist Kris Funn and drummer John Davis, Joey Alexander explored three of his latest songs: "Angel Eyes", "Summer Rising", and "Remembering".

We think this is a performance you'll never forget.

KNKX thanks O Bee Credit Union for their support. Also thanks to Jim and Birte Falconer, supporters of studio sessions and a free, independent and energetic press, who urge listeners to get involved in their local community and support KNKX.


Abe grew up in Western Washington, a third generation Seattle/Tacoma kid. It was as a student at Pacific Lutheran University that Abe landed his first job at KNKX, editing and producing audio for news stories. It was a Christmas Day shift no one else wanted that gave Abe his first on-air experience which led to overnights, then Saturday afternoons, and started hosting Evening Jazz in 1998.