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This 11-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Is Too Damn Talented For Words

Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock are big fans.

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Meet Joey Alexander.

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He's 11 years old and, like most kids his age, loves a good heap of french fries.

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But Joey isn't really like most kids his age. He's also an amazing jazz pianist.

Born in Bali, Indonesia, he started playing Thelonius Monk by ear when he was six.
Rebecca Meek.

Born in Bali, Indonesia, he started playing Thelonius Monk by ear when he was six.

Seriously, the kid's got skills.

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Last May, modern jazz great Wynton Marsalis flew Joey to the U.S. for the first time for the all-star Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala in New York.

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And in October, he paid tribute to Herbie Hancock at "A Great Night In Harlem," the Jazz Foundation of America's Gala at the Apollo Theater.

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Joey will release his debut album My Favorite Things on May 12. Making the album was his first time ever in a recording studio.

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Here he is getting into ~the zone~ before performing one of the album's songs, a cover of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps."

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Because being a jazz prodigy isn't easy. "I don't always want to play this tune because the chord progression is too intense...it's hard to be musical," Joey tells BuzzFeed News.

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"Once in a while I take the challenge. It means a lot to me if I can survive the solo and people enjoy it."

"The most fun part was when [me and my bandmates] exchanged smiles…when we connected in a groove," Joey says.

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"Listening to the music together after takes was fun too."

Watch the incredible full performance of "Giant Steps" below. My Favorite Things is available for pre-order here.

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