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Joe Alterman this Sunday at the MJCCA

2015 October 6
by Susan Asher

Jazz pianist Joe Alterman sounds super fine to me. He has led groups at venues in New York City, including the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Iridium, and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

In a recent interview with Brian Lehrer on WNYC, Nat Hentoff said, “The last piece I did for them [The Wall Street Journal] – I’m so glad I had a chance to do it – is about a 24 year old pianist and composer named Joe Alterman, who is really the personification of the past of jazz – he’s really deep into that – the present of jazz – he has his own voice – and that leads him into the future of jazz, and he’s so important in terms of the validity of jazz…[Joe Alterman & one of his mentors, tenor saxophonist Houston Person] make recordings that – to use the phrase that Duke Ellington really had a chance to use – are ‘beyond category’ because they’re timeless.”

Born and raised in Atlanta, Alterman moved to New York in the fall of 2007 to study music at New York University, where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music. While there, studied with the greats, including Don Friedman, Joe Lovano and John Scofield.

Alterman will perform two jazz concerts this Sunday, one at 5 p.m. and and one at 7 p.m. at the MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody). Alterman 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. Ticket Prices: MJCCA Members $17, Community: $22. For information, visit, or call 678.812.4002.

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