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Piano phenom Joey Alexander headlines Music Haven season

Piano phenom Joey Alexander headlines Music Haven season

The Joey Alexander Trio, led by 11-year-old Indonesian jazz pianist Joey Alexander, will be among th
Piano phenom Joey Alexander headlines Music Haven season
Joey Alexander
Photographer: The Associated Press

The Joey Alexander Trio, led by 11-year-old Indonesian jazz pianist Joey Alexander, will be among the top acts coming to the 2015 Music Haven Concert Series this summer at Schenectady’s Central Park.

Called “jazz’s latest media star” by The New York Times earlier this month, Alexander, accompanied by a bassist and a drummer, will take the Music Haven stage on Aug. 2. Alexander is on a national tour supporting his debut album, “My Favorite Things,” and will be in Schenectady immediately following an appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival July 31-Aug. 1.

The seminal British folk-rock group, Steeleye Span, will perform on July 19, while kicking off the 2015 season on June 28 will be the Afro-Peruvian band Novalima.

Capping the 2015 season will be Albany’s own Felicia Collins, who is winding up her 22-year stint with the CBS Orchestra.

The free Sunday night concert series is co-sponsored by Price Chopper and General Electric. In case of rain, concerts move to Proctors.

“This summer, ‘traveling the world one concert at a time’ will include visits to Peru, Mali, England, Ireland and the Punjab region of India, as well as New York City, by way of Bali and good old Albany,” Producing Artistic Director Mona Golub said in a press release. “The unifying element for all of the concerts is simply the top shelf caliber of the talent.”

The full schedule:

June 28: Novalima, an Andean music collective that melds authentic South American music with electronica.

Flamenco guitarist Maria Zemantauski and her band GX3+ opens.

July 12: Red Baraat, a Brooklyn-based, cross-cultural drum and brass ensemble led by Sunny Jain.

Opening is the Hot Tamale Brass Band, a dixieland and New Orleans-style jazz band based in Boston.

July 19: Steeleye Span, the iconic British folk-rock band led by singer Maddy Prior.

Ulster Landing, a Boston-based trio of fiddle, harp and uilleann (Irish) pipes, opens.

July 26: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba. The master of the ngoni, an ancient West African lute, and his family band.

Opening is Baye Kouyate, master of the Malian talking drum, and his band les Tougarakes.

Aug. 2: Joey Alexander Trio, featuring the 11-year-old prodigy who has been wowing critics and fans with his interpretations of Coltrane, Monk and Ellington.

Opening is Schenectady’s own SCCC Jazz Combo.

Aug. 9: Felicia Collins & The Life. Guitarist Collins has played with David Letterman’s CBS Orchestra for 22 years.

A previous version of this story gave the wrong date for the Joey Alexander Trio's performance. It is Sunday, Aug. 2.

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