"With all the amazing new keyboardists cropping up (like Jonathan Batiste, Aaron Diehl and Joe Alterman), it seems like the new decade is a golden age of jazz piano - or at least of exciting new jazz pianists."
Joe Alterman, piano
James Cammack, bass
Justin Chesarek, drums
Hot House Jazz described JOE ALTERMAN as “a pianistic wunderkind whose style recalls the elegantly swinging trappings of artists like Erroll Garner and Red Garland…eschewing the well-mined vein of hard bob favored amongst today’s younger players in favor of a more rounded vintage technique. Alterman brandishes a lyrical pianistic touch and an intuitive sense of swing that are a uniquely wonderful joy to hear. Alterman’s remarkable gifts are enough to reassure anyone that the future of jazz is in good hands.”
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Joe moved to New York in the fall of 2007 to study music at New York University. He graduated in May of 2012 but is now back to complete his master’s degree. While there, he has studied with greats including Don Friedman, Jean Michel-Pilc, Ralph Lalama, Joe Lovano and John Scofield, among others.
He has performed at venues around the world including the Blue Note Jazz Club in Milan, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and Preservation Hall in New Orleans; he has led groups at venues in New York City including the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Iridium Jazz Club, and Cornelia Street Café, among others. He also recently performed at the "Marian McPartland Piano Jazz All-Star Celebration" at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, as well as at Jack Kleinsinger Presents "Highlights in Jazz" 2012, as a part of the "Next Generation All-Stars," where he performed alongside tenor saxophone great Houston Person. He and his trio recently performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club opening for the great Les McCann.
His current group features Ahmad Jamal’s bassist James Cammack and his new release as a leader, entitled "Give Me The Simple Life" (available on Miles High Records) features jazz greats Houston Person, James Cammack & Herlin Riley. After hearing a recording of Joe, NEA Jazz Master Nat Hentoff remarked, “Talk about the joy of jazz!...It’s a pleasure to hear this music…You’ve got it!”
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