Jazz & Comedy with Joe Alterman and David Perdue
Thursday September 22, 2022 08:00 PM EDT
CL Critic Hal Horowitz Recommends: Local pianist Alterman comes straight from the Ramsey Lewis, Les McCann school of jazz and blues. Those two musicians have been friends and mentors to the keyboard whiz, whose star is on the rise by way of his new Live at Birdland release. Atlanta based stand-up funnyman David Perdue, not to be confused with the pathetic loser who shares his name. opens. — HH
From the venue: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 piano playing as ‘a joy to behold’, Les McCann states ‘As a man and musician he is already a giant’. Journalist Nat Hentoff championed three of Alterman’s albums, as well as his writing (Joe wrote liner notes to three Wynton Marsalis/JALC albums, calling one of Joe’s columns “one of the very best pieces on the essence of jazz, the spirit of jazz, that I’ve ever read, and I’m not exaggerating."