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In a recent interview with Brian Lehrer
on WNYC, legendary journalist Nat
stated, “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 [now
27] 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,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 NoteJazz Club in New York, Blues Alley 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 Jazz Week radio charts. 

about Alterman, legendary pianist Ramsey Lewis stated, “When listening to
Joe Alterman perform, it is obvious that he has studied the history of jazzpiano. However, his own style of playing is appealing, challenging and quite

Friday, May 27
Main Stage:
7:00 pm                            Next Collective                                                                                
9:00 pm                                JOI                                         
Saturday, May 28
Local Stage:       
12:30 pm                              Rialto Jazz for Kids All Stars
2:30 pm                                The Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO)  
4:30 pm                                Mabu’s Ark Band                            
6:30 pm                                Alex Lattimore                                                                 
International Stage:
1:30 pm                                 Camila Meza     
3:30 pm                                TATRAN                                                              
5:30 pm                                Mette Henriette                                                             
7:30 pm                                Etienne Charles                               
Main Stage:
1:00 pm                                Chargaux
3:00 pm                                Tomeka Reid                                                     
5:00 pm                                Theo Croker      
7:00 pm                                Jamison Ross                    
9:00 pm                                Hypnotic Brass Ensemble                                            
Sunday, May 29
Local Stage:
12:30 pm                              Band Room Nation                                         
2:30 pm                              Anonymous DaBand                                                      
4:30 pm               Joe Alterman Trio                                                       
6:30 pm                                        Chandra Currelley 

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