Joey Alexander is a 14 year old Indonesian piano genius; Jed Parsario is one of the leads in the new San Francisco Mime Troupe show, appearing here in Palo Alto on Sunday August 6, called “Breakdown”.
I remember reading there was a Palo Alto connection to Joey: Jason Olaine and Jana Herzen I think played early roles. Jack Randall asked me about an avail once but I balked at the idea of the Mitch piano — which is barely adequate — being swapped out for a Steinway per the rider, especially the idea of the teen’s father slash manager demanding such. Stanford meanwhile has announced a show next year with Joey, and ones with Lakecia Benjamin, Gretchen Parlato, Joshua Redman who was once a Jewish prodigy but became a Black star.
As compared to Stanford Jazz Workshop who is presenting Pluto Juice featuring Dayna Stephens and 29 other shows. I counted 19 of their 80 faculty are people I have worked with.
I have some right to make this joke and am not anti-Asian because I am married to Terry Acebo Davis. Terry was born in Oakland, graduated Washington High in Fremont (plus Cal State Hayward, SJSU two degrees) but likes to ask people their ethnicity.
edit to add: I looked it up: Joey is a 19 year old, turning 20 in June. They call him young mc because he was young when he started. I booked Taylor Eigsti at age 16; I booked The Donnas (as Raggedy Ann) when they were 15 year old –girls. I had three of the four get their parents to sign permission slips. I did not want to get accused of corrupting youths. But I am trying to corrupt the internet with my lousy blog.
For the record — and someone recently wrote a column on the term “the record” — the next piano genius I have in my series might be….thinking…maybe Leon Timbo. Then Adam Klipple and Will Blades in September together outdoors. And I had Sam Reider with Laurie Lewis, plus of course Carmen Staaf in April.