Jazz Fans Can't Miss This 11-Year-Old Piano Prodigy

The New York Times calls him “a thoughtful musician as well as a natural one, with a sophisticated harmonic palette and a dynamic sensitivity.” Amazingly, he is only 11 years old. Ravinia has just booked international piano sensation Joey Alexander for his Midwest debut at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 11, as part of the festival’s $10 BGH Classics series. The phenom is a protégé of Wynton Marsalis, and in May he released his first album, My Favorite Things, which shot to the heights of several jazz charts, including iTunes. Reserved-seat tickets are only $10 each and are available now at Ravinia.org. In a summer that celebrates the centennial of jazz giant Frank Sinatra with performances by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (June 26-27); Harry Connick Jr. (Aug. 7); Ramey Lewis (Aug. 8); Diana Krall(Aug. 9); Seth MacFarlane (Aug. 21); Concert Dance Inc. (Sept. 1-2) and Frank Sinatra Jr. in a tribute to his famous father (Sept. 4), presenting a prodigy emphasizes the long and happy life of jazz at Ravinia.