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Atlanta native Joe Alterman expresses a certain upbeat naivete, with a broad smile and bright eyes that make you feel welcome. One would not guess that this is a man hailed by greats; Ramsey Lewis describes his piano playing as ‘a joy to behold’, Les McCann states ‘As a man and musician he is already a giant’. Journalist Nat Hentoff championed three of Alterman’s albums, as well as his writing (Joe wrote liner notes to three Wynton Marsalis/JALC albums, calling one of Joe’s columns “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.” Joe Alterman began at NYU with a BA and Masters in Jazz Piano, followed by performances with Houston Person, Les McCann, Dick Gregory, and Ramsey Lewis


Joe Alterman Plays Les McCann: Big Mo and Little Joe

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: 1. "Gone on and Get That Church'" 2. "Could Be" 3. "Beaux J. Poo Boo" 4. "Samia" 5. "The Strangler" 6. "Dorene Don't Cry" 7. "Someday We'll Meet Again" 8. "It's You" 9. "Don't Forget to Love Yourself" 10. "Ruby Jubilation" 11. "Big Jim"


Song of the Day


Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Duration: 05:41


Article: Album Review

Jonathan Karrant: Eclectic

Read "Eclectic" reviewed by Dave Linn

Born and raised at the foothills of the Ozarks in the old western town of Fort Smith, Arkansas east of the Arkansas River, Jonathan Karrant fell under the influence of his artistic mother. As a child, it is said he sang for hours every day, making his public debut at the age of seven at his ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tony Bennett, Milt Hinton & Israel Tanenbaum

Read "Tony Bennett, Milt Hinton & Israel Tanenbaum" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The versatile and talented musician, composer & producer Israel Tanenbaum kicks off the 814th Episode of Neon Jazz with music from his release Impressions. From there, we hear more chartbound music with the likes of Steve Carrington, Anthony Hervey, Steve Snyder and the Terry Gibbs Legacy Band. An interesting project from guitarist Ryan Meagher called AftEarth ...

Results for pages tagged "Joe Alterman"...


Jonathan Karrant

Jonathan Karrant is an American singer born in Fort Smith AR. His album, “On and On” hit #4 on the Billboard Jazz charts and was released on January 8th, 2013. It features such songs as “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”, and “Doodlin’” as well as the title track, and was produced by Tyler Monks, with pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Rob Thorsen, guitarist Mark Shapiro, and drummer Duncan Moore. “A voice, romantic without being cloying, warm but not forced, Jonathan carries songs with an emotional weight that reaches your soul. At the same time he can swing with the kind of jazz suave that was patented by Mel Torme.” Jazz Corner


The Upside of Down

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Smudge; Pretty Eyes, Pretty Smile; Ose Shalom; Time After Time; The First Night Home; Pure Imagination; The Last Time I Saw You; Funny Girl; The Upside Of Down; Days Of Wine And Roses; Don't Forget To Love Yourself; Gus Gus; Like Someone In Love; Nina Never Knew.


Article: Interview

Joe Alterman: Swinging Success

Read "Joe Alterman: Swinging Success" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

It was 2012 when pianist Joe Alterman was preparing to play at the famed Blue Note jazz club in lower Manhattan, not far from where he went to college, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in music. Alterman was checking the sound. The club was basically empty. An older man came in, wheelchair-bound, heading toward the stage. ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joe Alterman: Seeking wisdom from the masters

Read "Joe Alterman: Seeking wisdom from the masters" reviewed by Leo Sidran

In this episode, pianist Joe Alterman talks about his new record The Upside of Down, southern charm, “finding in jazz and black music what [he] had tried to find in Synagogue," tipping the doorman, being born 50 years too late, playing for regular people, using adversity as an opportunity, what he learned from his friendships with ...


News: Recording

Joe Alterman: The Upside of Down

Joe Alterman: The Upside of Down

Yesterday I spent the day writing and riding out Hurricane Henri while listening to Joe Alterman's new album, The Upside of Down (Ropeadope). Joe not only is a gifted jazz pianist but also is a rarity in jazz—someone who sifts through the history of the jazz piano like an archeologist. He also is immensely likeable. His ...


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