Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, 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, he had the opportunity to study with greats including Don Friedman, Joe Lovano, and John Scofield. He has headlined at venues around the United States including the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Germantown Performing Arts Center in Memphis, Rialto Center For The Performing Arts in Atlanta, Preservation Hall in New Orleans, Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, among others; in addition to New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club, Alterman has also headlined at other venues in New York City including the Iridium, the Kitano, 21 Club, Le Cirque, and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and has performed overseas at venues that include the Blue Note Jazz Club in Milan, Italy.
Among many others, Alterman has performed with Les McCann, Houston Person, Tony Middleton and bassist James Cammack, with whom Alterman also works frequently with in a duo setting. In addition, he and his trio have performed multiple times at the Blue Note Jazz Club as an opening act for greats including Les McCann, Ramsey Lewis, Philip Bailey (of Earth, Wind & Fire), John Pizzarelli and Hiromi, among others.
Alterman’s most recent recording, Georgia Sunset, which was produced by Houston Person, garnered much critical praise and reached #6 on the JazzWeek radio charts.
Speaking about Alterman, legendary pianist Ramsey Lewis stated, “When listening to Joe Alterman perform, it is obvious that he has studied the history of jazz piano. However, his style of playing is appealing, challenging and quite satisfying.”
This is Joe Alterman’s first appearance at the Litchfield Jazz Festival. He is being joined by season Litchfield Jazz Performers Matt Wilson on drums and Avery Sharpe on bass.
This performance is sponsored in part by NEFA