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Drummer, composer Joe Hertenstein has released six albums as a leader with the bands HNH, POLYLEMMA, Future Drone, TØRN, and his trio with Michael Moore & Greg Cohen. His work is released on many more as a sideman on labels such as MoersMusic, Cleanfeed, Red Toucan, jazzwerkstatt Berlin, Creative Sources, 2nd Floor/Loft-Cologne, Skirl, Leo, Engine, Evil Rabbit, FMR, Chant, Gaucimusic, Konnex, Springstoff, Ravello/PARMA, Meta, muworks, Off, Fundacja Słuchaj, a.o.

New releases with Michael Moore and Antonio Borghini, as well as with FUTURE DRONEnyc feat. Anthony Coleman and Jon Irabagon are scheduled for 2024.

Hertenstein has performed at the Philharmonic in Cologne, Elbphilharmonic in Hamburg, and many times at the Moers Festival in Germany. Further at the Warsaw Jazz Summer Days with Butch Morris, the Bush Hall London for BBC, the Opera House in Toronto, the World Trade Center in Dubai, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, as well as Carnegie Hall (Weill), Webster Hall, Roulette, Issue Project Room, The Stone, Dizzy’s Club, Smalls, Nublu and the Vision Festival in New York City and many others. 

In 2005, the magazine AllAboutJazzNewYork hailed his drumming style as “…shaping the music from the bottom up.” and for April 2011, the Managing Editor of TheNYCJazzRecord, Laurence Donohue-Greene, selected Joe’s album Crespect by TØRN as “Recommended New Release”. The same year, the website allaboutjazz.com praised his album POLYLEMMA as thus: “The soloists’ focused interactions intimate a highly artistic game plan that supersedes the tried and true.” POLYLEMMA won Belgian music critic Stef Gijssels’ freejazzblog’s Happy-New-Ears-Award 2011 for “most innovative listening experience”. Joe’s album HNH2 made it on Gijssels’ list of top 10 albums of 2015: “Fantastic trumpet, bass, drums trio redefining the format through inventive music.” 

In its March 2020 issue, the NYCJazzRecord included “Hertenstein” as an answer in its monthly crossword puzzle: #cute.

In its January 2023 issue, TheNYCJazzRecord awarded his album LIVE DURING LOCKDOWN with Michael Moore & Greg Cohen “Best Live Album of 2022”.

More info www.joehertenstein.com