An astounding story. I am a Jazz fan and he is astounding for any age Jazz musician.
"Joey Alexander Sila was born in the city of Denpasar, in Bali, Indonesia, to parents Denny Sila and Farah Leonora Urbach, who ran an adventure tourism business. His father was an amateur musician,and both parents were fans of jazz music, particularly the works of Louis Armstrong. He is the nephew of the dangdut singer Nafa Urbach.Alexander learned about jazz by listening to classic albums his father gave him. By age six he had taught himself to play piano using a miniature electric keyboard his father brought home for him,learning by ear compositions like Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't" and other songs from his father's jazz collection. Alexander later said learning the instrument came naturally for him; his parents, who are Christians, consider his talent "a gift from God". Alexander considers Monk, John Coltrane, Harry Connick, Jr., Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock among his main musical influences, and also particularly admires Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver and McCoy Tyner.
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Due to the unavailability of formal jazz training where he grew up, Alexander began playing in jam sessions with experienced musicians in Bali and Jakarta,where his family moved after disbanding their tourism business so Alexander could live near Indonesia's top jazz musicians. Alexander played for Hancock at age 8 when he was visiting Jakarta as a UNESCO goodwill ambassador. Hancock told Alexander he believed in him, and Alexander later described that as "the day I decided to dedicate my childhood to jazz". At age 9, Alexander won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Master-Jam Fest, an all-ages jazz music competition in Odessa, Ukraine, which included 43 musicians from 17 nations. Alexander and his family moved to New York City in 2014. "
Video Below is from Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala 2014
He is playing "Round Midnight" by Thelonious Monk