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“Joe Alterman has tremendous taste and a passionate respect for swing and space. His touch on the keyboard is reminiscent of pianists from earlier years who listened carefully, felt expressively and actually cared about what the listener heard. Joe is a remarkable swinger and poet.” —Marc Myers, JazzWax.com


Joe Alterman -][- GIVE ME THE SIMPLE LIFE –Mp3– [Miles High Records, 2012] –

Joe Alterman is a jazz pianist whose playing is a joyous throwback to the keyboard stylists of the 1950s. By merging the patient touch of past pianists with his own contemporary sound, Alterman manages to revitalize the familiar, rekindling memories of why you started listening to jazz in the first place.

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 Masters’ 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. In addition, he was recently selected by famed pianist Bill Charlap to be a participant in Charlap’s “Jazz Piano Masterclass”, which is held yearly at New York’s 92nd Street Y. 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.”

He also performed two nights of solo piano at New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall. His upcoming release as a leader features jazz greats Houston Person, James Cammack & Herlin Riley. After hearing Joe’s first album, (entitled “Piano Tracks Volume 1” and released in 2009) NEA Jazz Master Nat Hentoff remarked, “Talk about the joy of jazz!…It’s a pleasure to hear this music…You’ve got it!” -[Biography]-

::: SOURCE: Joe Alterman.com :::