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S1 E17 | FULL EPISODE

Joey Alexander at the Steinway & Sons Factory

Three-time Grammy-nominated teen jazz pianist Joey Alexander brings a thrilling performance to the factory floor of the Steinway & Sons Factory in Queens, New York. Performed for an audience of factory workers that hand-built the instrument Alexander uses, this set features all original compositions played live for the first time!

AIRED: April 10, 2019 | 0:26:47
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TRANSCRIPT

[ Feedback, various instrument notes play ]

I'm Joey Alexander.

And I'm a jazz pianist.

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My first encounter with the keys was actually

on a electric keyboard.

And then my parents got me an upright piano.

And after I played it, I tried it,

I realized how big the instrument really was.

For me, it's that warm sound

that I love coming from the piano.

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When I was little, I always hear jazz.

Jazz, to me, is freedom to express myself.

It was a life-changing experience for me,

to be invited by Jazz Lincoln Center for the gala.

And Wynton Marsalis found me on YouTube,

he never really saw me live.

It was the beginning of my music career.

And I'm thankful for Wynton Marsalis

for the confidence he had in me.

I'm really honored to be here to play for the Steinway people

who have worked to build a great instrument.

It's -- it's a pleasure for me to play for them.

We're having what is known as Live from the Factory Floor.

And the reason that we do this is we bring in great artists

from around the world in different musical genres

and they do a short concert right in the factory

and we bring all of our workers together

so they can actually see this great performance

and then they can think, you know,

what they did to this piano that's being played today

and producing this great music,

they had a part in something that was much larger.

So, we hope and we believe that it connects our workforce

with the final end-product and how an artist uses it.

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The most important thing is to -- to be yourself.

All artists, they try to pursue beauty and --

and that's what I'm trying to do,

trying to pursue the beauty.

I mean, my music can be -- you know, it can be anything.

It can be joyful.

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And sometimes sad.

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[ Laughs ]

So, yeah, it can be anything.

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I guess I want my music to -- for people to dig it.

You know, yeah.

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[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you so very, very much.

This is called, "Lonely Streets."

And it's -- these two songs that I played is the first time

I'm playing it live for you all, so I hope you enjoyed it.

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Thank you again, all of you here,

and for making this great instrument for me to play.

I'd like to close with another original composition.

This is called "Down Time."

So, thank you again.

Thanks very much.

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Man: Yeah!

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