November 22 2019

Jazz pianist Joey Alexander showed that he’s the real thing at Jefferson Center

Any jazz man worth his salt has to master the standards. Alexander opened with one of the best known, “All The Things You Are,” starting it with a mysteriously gorgeous solo intro. Soon, his band mates — drummer Kendrick Scott and bassist Kris Funn — joined in for the timeless number’s haunting swing. Alexander, a generous leader, gave each man a couple of choruses to solo. Funn’s liquid upright bass lines hinted at what he would be up to the rest of the night. Scott, a bandleader in his own right, implied the melody while moving like quicksilver around the kit.

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