A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Alterman studied music at New York University, where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Jazz Piano Performance. In addition to performances with Houston Person, Les McCann and his own trio, among others, Alterman has performed at many world renowned venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Birdland and New York’s Blue Note, where Alterman has opened, many times, for Ramsey Lewis. 30 years old, Alterman has released four critically-acclaimed albums, his most recent being 2018’s “More Cornbread”. He was profiled three times by iconic journalist Nat Hentoff and was the subject of Hentoff’s very last piece on music in March 2016. Dick Cavett has referred to Alterman as “one fine, first class entertainer” and Ramsey Lewis has called Alterman “an inspiration to me” and his piano playing “a joy to behold”.
"Joe Alterman is a young, creative, energetic pianist I really like musically and personally - he does not have a negative bone in his body and plays the you-know-what out of the piano! Although much younger than I, he is an inspiration to me! His piano playing, his will to explore and his ability to swing is something to behold. God bless him!" - Ramsey Lewis
"Little Joe - yeah, that's what I call him, 'cause I am big and he is tiny, but only in stature. As a man and a musician he is already a giant. His zeal for life and learning is the perfect formula for taking our music to new levels. Right now, hes young. Right now, he gets it. Little Joe, my man.” - Les McCann
"Joe Alterman combines outstanding musical technique with infectious enthusiasm for his work. I've seen him fill a room with joy as his skill at the keyboard combines seamlessly with his delightful and appealing onstage personality. Young Alterman is one fine, first-class entertainer.” - Dick Cavett
"All the musicians who are now considered jazz legends played there [Birdland]: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Lester Young, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington, among others. Alterman would have been able to hold his own jamming with any of them." – Nat Hentoff
"Joe Alterman is doing his part to keep alive the art of the swinging trio. He is a wonderful pianist whose playing brings smiles and good feelings to his listeners - as he has caused me to experience when I heard his enjoyable album." - Monty Alexander
"Joe is, for me, absolutely one of the most musically enjoyable, swingingest Jazz pianists who can be heard playing today. - Benny Green
"Joe has a great sense of what is most meaningful in the history and tradition of our music, and a real solid musical vision of where he wants to take it."- Houston Person
“Pianist Joe Alterman pulls off one of the rarer feats in modern jazz: he swings — hard.” – Downbeat Magazine
"Festivals from Newport and Monterey to Rio and Nice should try to book Joe while they still can afford him." - Marc Myers, JazzWax
"Joe Alterman's jazz piano playing is lyrical, swinging, soulful, propulsive, exciting... can't stop swinging and swaying in their seats." - Leslie Gordon, Director of Rialto Center for the Arts, Atlanta
"Joyous expressions of past and present...Captures the genius of jazz...Few walk the line between tradition and invention more creatively." - Al Sikes, founder & producer of Monty Alexander Jazz Fest
"Your trio was excellent. Loved the music, vibe and the professionalism." Gianni Valenti, Owner of Birdland Jazz Club, NYC
"Absolutely amazing to watch and hear!" - Deni Hirsch, Director of Development of the Germantown Performing Arts Center, Memphis
For bookings and more information, please contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.444.9869. Thanks!
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