08-14-19 | Songs for Listening | Joe Alterman
A native of Atlanta, Joe studied music at NYU, where he received both his BFA and MFA 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 NYC’s Blue Note, where Joe has opened, many times, for Ramsey Lewis. Joe has also opened for Dick Gregory, Norah Jones, John Pizzarelli and Philip Bailey (of Earth, Wind And Fire), among others. 30 years old, Alterman has released 5 critically-acclaimed albums, his most recent being 2018’s 'More Cornbread'. He was profiled 3 times by iconic journalist Nat Hentoff & was the subject of Hentoff’s very last piece on music in March 2016. Dick Cavett has referred to Joe as “one fine, first class entertainer” and Ramsey Lewis has called Joe “an inspiration to me” and his piano playing “a joy to behold”. Also a budding journalist and executive director of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, Hentoff called one of Joe's columns on jazz "one of the very best pieces on the essence of jazz, the spirit of jazz, that I've ever read, and I'm not exaggerating."
'Like Someone in Love' by Ahmad Jamal from 'Live at The Blackhawk'
'The Things We Did Last Summer' by George Shearing Quintet w/ Nancy Wilson
'Trouble in Mind' by Aretha Franklin from 'Yeah!!!'
'North Carolina' by Les McCann from 'Talk To The People'
'You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me' by Ben Webster from 'The Soul of Ben Webster'