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Joe Alterman

Joe Alterman

April 29, 2018

Sunday 4/29

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm


Joe Alterman
In a recent interview with Brian Lehrer on WNYC, legendary journalist Nat
Hentoff stated, "The last piece I did for them [The Wall Street Journal] -
I'm so glad I had a chance to do it - is about a 24 year old pianist and
composer named Joe Alterman, who is really the personification of the past
of jazz - he's really deep into that -, the present of jazz - he has his
own voice - and that leads him into the future of jazz, and he's so
important in terms of the validity of jazz...[Joe Alterman & one of his
mentors, tenor saxophonist Houston Person] make recordings that - to use
the phrase that Duke Ellington really had a chance to use - are 'beyond
category' because they're timeless."

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Alterman moved to New York in the fall
of 2007 to study music at New York University, where he earned both his
Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Music. While there, he had the
opportunity to study with music greats including Don Friedman, Joe Lovano
and John Scofield.

He has performed at venues around the world including the Kennedy Center in
Washington, D.C.; Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City; The Rialto
Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta; The Blue Note Jazz Club in both
Milan, Italy and New York City; The Germantown Performing Arts Center in
Memphis; Birdland, The Iridium, The 92Y and the Kitano, among others, in
New York City, and New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall, either alongside
his trio or with his mentors: tenor saxophonist Houston Person and
pianist/vocalist Les McCann.

In addition, he and his trio have performed multiple times at the Blue Note
Jazz Club as an opening act for greats including Les McCann, Ramsey Lewis,
Philip Bailey (of Earth, Wind & Fire), John Pizzarelli and Hiromi, among
others. He has also opened, elsewhere, for artists including Dick Gregory,
Peter Asher and Albert Lee.

Inspired by the joyous, soulful sounds of pianists Les McCann, Ramsey Lewis
and Monty Alexander and lauded by all three as "a wonderful pianist whose
playing brings smiles and good feelings to his listeners," (Monty
Alexander), "already a giant" (Les McCann), and a pianist whose "will to
explore and his ability to swing is something to behold" (Ramsey Lewis),
Alterman’s music is bound to bring a smile to your face as your feet tap
away. Only 28 years old, Alterman has released four critically-acclaimed
albums, his most recent being 2017’s “Comin’ Home To You”. He was profiled
three times by Nat Hentoff and was the subject of Hentoff’s very last piece
about music in March 2016.