Wonderful Review of Concert w/Les McCann in Montecito Journal

I'm extremely honored to read this very kind review of this past June's seriously fun concert with one of my biggest heroes and influences, the one and only Dr. Les McCann, in the current issue of Santa Barbara's Montecito Journal. As you all probably know by now, Les and his music means so much to me and I know I'll always look back on that concert as one of the highlights of my life.
Many thanks to Erin Graffy for the very kind words!

"When Les played in New York at the Blue Note, an extraordinary newcomer, Alterman, was opening. Les liked what he heard and arranged with Peter for Joe to come out to Santa Barbara. They planned to do "Gus Gus", a song Les said he first recorded 50 years ago. Les explained to the packed house that he and Joe held their rehearsals long distance over the phone - and hinted we were in for a surprise.

We were.

Joe tore up the piano, bounced off the keys, and flew up and down the octaves, as if there was simply not enough time to get all the music and rhythm out of his fingers. What a sensation! If piano is a drug, Joe is happily and deliriously addicted, and he uninhibitedly squeezed and pounded out every sound and sensation until he seemed to run out of keys. He had such a deeply innate sense of rythm underlying every note, that he almost made the piano part of the percussion. Les looked straight out to the audience and gritted his teeth in a delightfully big smile as if to say, 'Oh, yeah...and I found him first!'" 

 

 

Great Review in San Diego County News

"Few pianists can drench a song with the juicy flavor that Alterman brings to the table. The joy of his playing, not to mention his knack for writing material that manages to sound both fresh and historic..."

Thanks so much to San Diego County News for their very kind review of "Georgia Sunset"! To read the review, please visit: http://www.sandiegocountynews.com/2015/06/18/joe-altermans-georgia-sunset-is-2015s-best-jazz-piano-cd-exhibiting-superb-individualism-and-harmony/

Sitting in w/Allen Touissant @ City Winery

Wow! I had the thrill of a lifetime last night getting to play a little boogie-woogie piano with the legendary Allen Touissant Mr. Touissant has long been one of my very favorite pianists, singers, composers and arrangers; he's a true American music icon who's responsible for SO many classic songs and recordings. Sitting with him at the piano - even for just a minute - was a truly special moment that I'll never forget.

Many thanks to Daniel Wiener for the video!

"Georgia Sunset" is Now Available!

Hi everyone!  

I'm very excited to announce that my new album, "Georgia Sunset," is now available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify (for streaming), and pretty much everywhere else that music is sold.

Thanks so much to all of you who purchased via Paypal this past month; I'm very excited that the album is now officially released and available on many great sites including iTunes, Amazon & Spotify. 

Below is a list of a few places where you can purchase the new disc, either digitally or physically. Just click on the name of the site you'd like to visit, and it should take you right there!

iTunesAmazonCDBabySpotifyBandCampPaypal 

Currently, CDBaby and Paypal are the only places you can buy a physical copy (I mail the Paypal orders myself, so if you'd like a signed or personalized copy I'd recommend ordering thru Paypal) but I'm told that Amazon will begin selling physical copies within the next week or so. 

I hope you enjoy the music on "Georgia Sunset"! If you do and are willing & able, a review on iTunes or Amazon sure would mean a whole lot to me. 

Again, thanks so much to all of you for the support. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, trouble downloading, etc.   

Sincerely, 

Joe

WNYC Nat Hentoff Mention

I was thrilled to hear my name on WNYC Radio yesterday during legendary writer Nat Hentoff's interview on the Brian Lehrer Show

At around 20:30, Hentoff says: "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. Whenever he has a record date he tries to get as a sideman the tenor saxophonist Houston Person, whom I've also written about for the journal. He's in his late 70's; he knows not only how to swing, but he's one of the most lyrical jazz players ever. So here we have the 24 year-old and the 70 [year old] and they make recordings that - to use the phrase that Duke Ellington really had a chance to use - they're 'beyond category' because they're timeless." 

Mr. Hentoff is one of my biggest heroes in life and I feel deeply honored that he feels that way.