Steve Altenberg has lived both in the United States and Europe and has made his career traveling the world as a performer and clinician. He has toured throughout North America, Europe, Scandinavia, Africa and the Middle East and has been working in the music business since the early 1980s. He currently resides in The Netherlands where he is a full professor of music at The Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen.
Along with his role as an educator, Steve maintains a busy performing schedule. He has appeared as a sideman on over fifty international releases having recorded or shared the stage with, among others, Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Barry Harris, Bill Evans, Kevin Hays, Chris Potter, Darrell Grant, John Benitez, Jack Walrath, Ron Blake, etc.
The music is magnificently shouldered by the drummer of American origin,
Steve Altenberg, who literally marries contours of notes while playing with
silences. His light pulsation and nuance do not have anything metronomic
and instigate the music continuously.
Jazz Journal - England
Heartland has a sweet, quiet reverence.
John Doll - Jazz Review USA
And there is that gorgeous Heartland by drummer Steve Altenberg.
Bert Jansma - Haagsche Courant, The Hague, Holland