Joey Alexander (born Josiah Alexander Sila; June 25, 2003) is one of the world’s most recognized child composer/musicians. Born in Bali, Indonesia, he began playing jazz at the age of six. Joey’s first album, My Favorite Things, was published in 2015 and his new album, Joey Alexander: Countdown, are both available from both iTunes and Amazon. To follow his career, bookmark his website. The website also includes several videos of him performing. This performance, at age 10, at the Lincoln Center in New York, one of the most prestigious venues for any musician, highlights his talents. Joey Alexander is playing “Round Midnight” by Thelonius Monk (1917-1982) and Cootie Williams (1911-1985). His music speaks for itself.

About the Author

In 1973, I was twenty years old, teaching children’s art classes at my college, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and came up with the idea that the best way to encourage children to write was to introduce them to the best writing by their peers. Stone Soup grew out of that idea. Along with co-editor Gerry Mandel, I have continued to edit and publish Stone Soup for all these years. I am also a culinary historian. I write about traditional foodways. My book, “The Magic of Fire,” is about hearth cooking. My book, “Bread, a global history,” speaks for itself. I am currently writing a bread history for a University Press. I publish articles on gardening and traditional foodways at Mother Earth News. I also publish on wild mushrooms and other food-related subjects.

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