Joey Alexander’s Debut Australian Performance

The Plus Ones were absolutely thrilled to be part of a historic musical evening at the Alexander Theatre, where the Indonesian-born, New York-based musical sensation Joey Alexander made his sensational debut performance in Australia on Thursday, 10 August.

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Joey’s musical journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. He was self-taught from the age of six and has been performing professionally since he was just ten years old. His rise to fame hit a major milestone when he was personally invited by the legendary Wynton Marsalis to perform at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala in 2014. From that point on, there was no stopping him.

His dazzling career has seen him grace iconic venues such as the White House, the grand stage of the 2016 Grammy Awards, the historic Apollo Theater, and the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Not to mention, he’s wowed audiences at renowned jazz festivals across the globe, including Montreal, Newport, San Francisco, and Java Jazz.

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This intimate solo performance was an absolute treat. Joey delighted us with a mix of his greatest hits, original compositions, and his own unique spin on The Police. He shared this exclusive performance with us, thanks to the support of Monash University Performing Arts Centres and the Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre, and it was truly a privilege. This being Joey’s only show in Australia, made it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we were lucky to be a part of.

As Joey’s fingers danced across the piano keys, it was incredible to witness the depth of emotion and skill that this young artist has. He transported us through contemplative melodies to foot-tapping rhythms. And let’s not forget his infectious energy that had the entire theatre buzzing with excitement.

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Joey’s remarkable journey, from sharing the stage with legends, to now gracing our shores with his unparalleled talent, is something truly awe-inspiring. I can say that this was a musical experience like no other. Here’s hoping we get another chance to witness his magic in Australia soon.


Brenton is a music writer for The Plus Ones who loves to give our readers the front row experience. He will also trade his soul for Pizza.

Disclaimer: The Plus Ones were the guests of Zilla & Brook