Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, 23 year-old Joe Alterman has been playing the piano since the age of five. He moved to New York City 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. 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.
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“The new Harry Connick.”
—Linda Lorence Critelli, vice president, SESAC
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, legendary tenor saxophonist
The young Alterman's heart is undeniably in the right place, and so is his
—Todd Barkan, veteran record producer & artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln
Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
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