Join us at Empire Mills for an extraordinary jazz show featuring The Joe Alterman Trio. Immerse yourself in their downbeat sound, deeply rooted in the blues, and reminiscent of iconic 1950s pianists like Red Garland, Ahmad Jamal, and Bill Evans.
Experience the ambiance of a jazz club while enjoying a “sweet intermission” dessert reception curated by Hallie Jane, founder of Empire Mills. Sip on drinks from our cash bar as you enjoy the music.
Your ticket and drink purchases support the Beautiful Minds Foundation, providing financial support to neurodivergent students in Georgia.
Don’t miss this captivating evening of jazz, delectable treats, and making a difference. This is a limited capacity event, so make sure to secure your tickets early to guarantee your spot.
This event is 18+
Atlanta native Joe Alterman expresses a certain upbeat naivete, with a broad smile and bright eyes that make you feel welcome. One would not guess that this is a man hailed by greats; Ramsey Lewis describes his music as “happy music with tasty meat on the bones.”
Joe Alterman began at NYU with a BA and Masters in Jazz Piano from NYU and has since performed at many world renowned venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Birdland and Blue Note alongside Houston Person, Les McCann, Dick Gregory, Ramsey Lewis, and his own trio, among others.
But there is more to the story, of course. The 21st century has brought another transition for this thing called jazz; in one moment we see the push and pull between tradition and progression, and in another we see Pop and Hip-Hop musicians emulating and sampling. In Joe Alterman we find none of this struggle; the music just sounds good. Our conscious faculties are instantly disabled as we tap our feet, feeling the intent and joy of his playing. An old classic is new when you feel good in the moment. Or, as Hentoff wrote about Alterman in the Wall Street Journal, “Alterman’s continually evolving presence on the jazz scene surely makes people smile and, if the room is right, dance. There’ll be no need for any last rites of jazz.”