Joe Alterman set to kick off Jazz fest sponsored by the MJCCA in association with the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. PHOTO / MJCCA

Joe Alterman set to kick off Jazz fest sponsored by the MJCCA in association with the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. PHOTO / MJCCA

SPECIAL FOR THE AJT //

Pianist Joe Alterman will kick off the 2013-2014 Jazz at the JCC series, performing two concerts at the MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre on Oct. 27. The series is held in association with the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.

Alterman has performed at venues around the world, including the Blue Note Jazz Club in Milan and Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

Here’s what’s planned for the rest of the series that will continue through late Spring of 2014:

When: January 26

Who: The UpBeatniks

Cost: MJCCA members, $10; Community, $15

The Buzz: Enjoy a Beatles tribute concert from this unique, Atlanta-based group that draws from the sounds of “The Beat Generation.”

 

When: February 15

Who: Michael Feinberg

Cost: MJCCA members, $17; Community, $25

The Buzz: Hailed as a “musical prodigy turned evil genius,” bassist and composer Michael Feinberg has made his name known throughout the jazz world.

 

When: April 10

Who: Ben Sidran

Cost: MJCCA members, $12; Community, $18

The Buzz: Musician, journalist, producer and author Ben Sidran performs live, and discusses his newest book: “There Was a Fire: Jews, Music, and the American Dream”, a comprehensive social history of Jewish contribution to American popular music.

 

When: May 4

Who: 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra

Cost: MJCCA members, $10; Community, $15

The Buzz: A nine-piece klezmer-funk-rock-jazz ensemble that performs original compositions and arrangements which combine West African rhythms with Eastern European klezmer melodies.

 

The 411

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.atlantajcc.org/boxoffice or call (678) 812-4002.