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

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

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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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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.

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

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