Celebrate the Legacy of Mister Kelly's and the London House
"Although much younger than I, Joe Alterman is an inspiration to me! His piano playing, his will to explore and his ability to swing is something to behold. God bless him!"
-- Ramsey Lewis
Joe Alterman - piano
Jeremiah Hunt - bass
Charles Heath - drums
Joe Alterman - piano
Dennis Carroll - bass
George Fludas - drums
Pianist Joe Alterman, now thirty, first fell in love with jazz at the age of twelve. Since then, not a single day has gone by without his listening to something Oscar Peterson recorded at London House in the 1960s. Peterson’s London House recordings (full of warmth, excitement and of course, hard driving, blues-drenched, feel-good swing) set Alterman on his path, inspiring him to not only seek out other Peterson and Peterson-inspired recordings, but also to delve deeper into the legacy and history of London House.
The deeper Alterman delved, the more he learned that London House was much more than simply “another venue” in Chicago where good music happened (everyone from Oscar Peterson to Erroll Garner, Teddy Wilson to George Shearing performed there); he found it to be even more than a venue that elevated the careers of the musicians who performed there. For many, London House was a school of its' own where many then up-and-coming musicians (musicians including pianists Ramsey Lewis, Les McCann and Judy Roberts) learned lessons that, like the ultimate goal of the practice of the music itself, helped one further discover oneself.
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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, quite a few times, for Ramsey Lewis.
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.
A deeply sensitive, lyrical and soulful pianist, Alterman's music, filled with both depth and fun, is bound to bring a smile to your face as your feet tap away.