Musicians Joe Alterman and Hannah Gill to Perform at AAM


Music is often described as a universal language that brings people together­—a heartfelt notion recently echoed by 20-year-old singer-songwriter Hannah Gill, when asked about her upcoming performance in Easton.

“It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day,” she says, referring to the February 14th show at the Academy Art Museum.

Hannah Gill

Born in Wilmington, North Carolina, Gill moved to Easton in second grade. As a kid, she felt an intrinsic passion for music that she pursued by enrolling in school choirs and theater classes. In 2015, after she graduated from St. Michaels High School, Gill followed through with plans to relocate to New York City for a gap year where her only objective was to focus on music.

“Now it’s 2018, and I’m a full-time, working musician,” she says, laughing. “I can’t see myself doing anything [else].”

Joining the powerful, sultry vocalist is Joe Alterman, a jazz pianist who graced the Academy’s stage for a sold-out Valentine’s show in 2016.

Though the two have never performed together, they’re equally excited about the show, particularly following a brief meeting a few weeks ago in New York City, where Alterman also resides.

“His style is so energetic! I think we’re going to play off each other so well,” beams Gill.

Joe Alterman

Alterman, who’s delighted Easton audiences with charming renditions of jazz classics over the years, expresses a similar sentiment, describing the two as “kindred spirits.”

As far as the set list goes for their Valentine’s Day show, the two won’t divulge too many details—no spoilers here! But, they promise attendees—both those in search of a romantic evening, as well as those looking for a lively mid-week performance—an enjoyable and fun night, full of laughter, love, and lots of jazz.

“[Attendees] can expect a blend of familiar songs, a few songs by the great American songbook composers, and maybe a few surprising takes on pop songs,” adds Alterman, offering a glimpse into the more modern selections, like Carol King’s ‘Take Good Care of My Baby.’

“One of my all-time favorites is ‘You Go to My Head,’” adds Gill, referring to the popular 1938 ballad by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie. “So, I’m sure you will hear that if you come to the show!”

Taking inspiration from The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fiona Apple(to name a few!),Gill describes her sound as pop-soul with elements of jazz, whereas Alterman’s style is rooted in more classic standards. Still, he likes to surprise audiences with the unexpected, making the duo’s performance a match made in musical heaven.

“She does unique takes on pop tunes and that’s what I like to do, too,” he says. “I really admire her and like the way she rearranges these songs.”

In addition to her eponymous band, Hannah Gill and The Hours, the soulful singer leads a traditional jazz band that regularly performs for swing dancers. She also occasionally sings with the swing-era big band The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra and viral sensation Postmodern Jukebox. Her packed schedule, from studio time to songwriting sessions, leaves little space for visits home to Maryland.

“I always find time to make it home for holidays and important family events,” she adds, with a smile.

And thankfully, for Easton’s sake, this Valentine’s Day made the cut.

Catch Hannah Gill and Joe Alterman at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 14th at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. Tickets are $45. The performance is presented by Jazz on the Chesapeake, a program of Chesapeake Music. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 410-819-0380.

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