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Joe Alterman with special guest  Houston Person and The Hot Sardines

A Hot Night of Sizzling Jazz

  • Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Jazz pianist and Atlanta native, Joe Alterman has performed at venues around the world including the Blue Note Jazz Club in Milan.  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, John Pizzarelli & Hiromi.  His current group features Ahmad Jamal’s long-time bassist James Cammack.  Special guest Houston Person is a rock-solid, full-toned tenor saxophonist who played ballads and blues with flair, expressive ardor, and power.

Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys frontwoman with a voice from another era, and you have The Hot Sardines. (We haven’t even told you about the tap dancer yet.)  The Sardine sound – wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around – is steeped in hot jazz, salty stride piano, and the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make: Straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. (Literally – the band includes a tap dancer whose feet count as two members of the rhythm section). They manage to invoke the sounds of a near-century ago and stay resolutely in step with the current age.

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“Joe Alterman is fresh face in the piano trio continuum—a young artist with respect for both the tradition and swing in the marrow of his bones…Piano Tracks, Volume 1 is a superb debut, announcing the arrival of Joe Alterman as a rising jazz star.” All About Jazz
“Of all the Hot Jazz groups, the Sardines have probably come the furthest […] they’ve assembled a unique repertoire, and a sound and a style that are distinctly their own.” Vanity Fair