Joe Alterman – More Cornbread (2018)

Joe Alterman - More Cornbread (2018)
Artist: Joe Alterman
Album: More Cornbread
Genre: Soul-Jazz, Piano Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2018
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Time and Space (Live)
Blue Moon (Live)
Georgia Sunset (Live)
Right On (Live)
I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Live)
Only Trust Your Heart (Live)
Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (Live)
Over the Rainbow (Live)
Les Is More (Live)


Joe Alterman brings a youthful, splendid and infectiously enthusiastic contribution to jazz in this, his new release (and first live album), “More Cornbread”. Recorded at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, South Carolina and inspired by the joyous, soulful sounds of pianists Les McCann, Ramsey Lewis and Monty Alexander and lauded by all three as “a wonderful pianist whose playing brings smiles and good feelings to his listeners,” (Monty Alexander), “already a giant” (Les McCann), and a pianist whose “will to explore and his ability to swing is a joy to behold” (Ramsey Lewis), “More Cornbread” is bound to bring a smile to your face as your feet tap away. A deeply sensitive and lyrical, yet also super funky pianist, Alterman’s music, filled with both depth and fun, should not be missed.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Alterman studied music at New York University, where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees 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 New York’s Blue Note, where Alterman has opened, many times, for Ramsey Lewis. Alterman has also opened for Dick Gregory, Norah Jones, John Pizzarelli and Philip Bailey (of Earth, Wind And Fire), among others. Only 29 years old, Alterman has released four critically-acclaimed albums, his most recent being 2017’s “Comin’ Home To You”. He was profiled three times by iconic journalist Nat Hentoff and was the subject of Hentoff’s very last piece on music in March 2016. Dick Cavett has referred to Alterman as “one fine, first class entertainer” and Ramsey Lewis has called Alterman “an inspiration to me” and his piano playing “a joy to behold”.