Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

Joe Alterman

Young pianist greatly infuenced by Red Garland, Hank Jones, and Oscar Peterson

About Me

New Yorker Joe Alterman is a jazz pianist whose playing is a joyous throwback to the keyboard stylists of the 1950s. His remarkable debut CD, Piano Tracks (Vol. 1), was recorded in 2009 and skillfully revives the art of graceful improvisation, which has been lost today on many younger players. On the album's five standards, Alterman mixes the tasteful phrasings of Red Garland, Ahmad Jamal, Billy Taylor and other piano legends with his own distinct approach. The result is that classics such as I Cover the Waterfront, I've Got a Crush On You and Days of Wine and Roses sound perfectly fresh and new. 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. On the album's five original compositions, Alterman strives for a cozy feel that makes soulful use of swing and the blues. Born in Atlanta, Alterman, 21, studied with pianist Gary Motley (now director of jazz studies at Emory University). At New York University, Alterman studied piano and harmony with Don Friedman. Alterman has performed at New York's Blue Note and has played with Brian Lynch, Ralph Lalama, Billy Drummond and Mike Richmond, among others.

My Favorites

  1. Oscar Peterson - Band Call/The Sound of The Trio
  2. Ahmad Jamal - Like Someone In Love/Complete Alhambra And Blackhawk Performances
  3. Red Garland - You Better Go Now/Rojo

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!