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"I don't create content.

I'm not a content creator.

Don’t let a robot choose your music."

Happy New Yeah!

My album LIVE DURING LOCKDOWN on jazzwerkstatt Berlin feat. Michael Moore & Greg Cohen was just awarded "BEST LIVE ALBUM of 2022" by The NYC Jazz Record.



- Wed7th at Brotfabrik "Django Reinhardt und der französische Jazz 1940-1960" feat. Allan Praskin, Joel Holmes, Isabel Rößler for Jazz am Helmholtzplatz

- Sat10th Wohlfühlsuppen at Kuehlspot, Berlin with Ignaz Schick and Christian Kuehn 20h

- Tue13th at Kesselhaus, Berlin with Rana Farhan (NYC) first concert in Germany 20h

- Fri23rd 19:30 Berlin-Friedrichshain


in der Galiläakirche, Rigaer Str 9/10

with Leo Genovese keys & Martín Iannacone cl

- Wed28th w Kellen Mills & Eliad Wagner at

West Germany, Skalitzer Str.133, 10999 Berlin


- Sat1st at Peppi Guggenheim jhTrio with Phil Donkin & Michaël Attias 2030h

jazzwoche Berlin

- Tue4th at Kuehlspot, Berlin 20h with

Edith Steyer's "Bellss - The James Carter Project" jazzwoche Berlin

Edith Steyer - cl, as
Uli Kempendorff - ts, bcl, fl
Gerhard Gschlössl - trb
Rieko Okuda - p
jh - dr

- Sat29th 20h at Kühlspot Berlin with Danny Kamins (USA) sax, Alexander von Schlippenbach p, and Matthias Bauer b


- Sat12th 20h at Sowieso, Berlin

brand new trio with Alexander von Schlippenbach p, and Matthias Bauer b,

2 Sets

- Thu17th at Zukunft am Ostkreuz, Berlin with Kellen Mills, Rieko Okuda, Chris Pitsiokos 20h

- Fri18th at CologneJazzweek at King Georg with Cavana Lee 20h

- Sat19th at PeppiGuggenheim, Berlin, 20h with Peter Van  Huffel, Jasper Stadhouders, Kellen Mills


- Wed6th 21h at Jazzclub Schlot, Berlin, jhTrio feat. Michael Moore & Antonio Borghini

- Sat9th at Jazzfestival Peitz

jhTrio feat. Michael Moore & Antonio Borghini

- Sun10th at Jazzfestival Peitz

Sören Birke bluesharp

Wolfgang Schmidtke ts
Helga Plankensteiner br s

Jan Roder b
Michael Lösch keys

jh drums

- Tue12th 20 Uhr

Puschkinstraße 12, 19055 Schwerin

- Wed13th 18.00 Uhr

Club 23/SODA, Kulturbrauerei, Berlin

- Sat16th Potsdam?

- Sat23rd 20h Peppi Guggenheim, Berlin mit Thomas Borgmann sax & Vinicius Cajado b

- Wed27th 20h at Hosek Contemporary, Berlin, with Edith Steyer sax & Isabel Rößler bass

- Fri29th 20h in Kalbe, 

Sascha Henkel Trio with Dan Peter Sundland bass

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Radio feature on WFMU 02/2019:


I was the guest on Dave Sewelson's new radio show "Music For a Free World" on WFMU's "Give the Drummer", we played music from eight CDs, talked, and played two mini sets of improvised music together, you can stream the show here, I joined at minute 39:


Radio feature on WFMU 03/2018:

David Weinstein's show 'GiveTheDrummer' aired on March14th on WFMU and featured a 20-minute excerpt of a live recording he captured from the trio of Jim Denley, who was visiting from Australia, Chris Penalosa and myself from our concert at The Outpost in Brooklyn as part of David Watson's series, which you can now stream through your iTunes or other media player via - just click on:

"Listen to this show:" on the bottom left and skip to minute 50 - the sound quality is awesome and so was our first-meeting-chemistry!

latest albums


Heberer/ Fonda/ Hertenstein


Fundacja Słuchaj, FSR

Thomas Heberer – trumpet
Joe Fonda – bass
Joe Hertenstein – drums, percussion

1. One for Mark 6:20
2. The Variant 5:11
3. Seamless 10:58
4. My Song 5:04
5. Nothing Like Something 7:09
6. I’ve Been Singing 10:14
7. The Nth X 5:41
8. Home 4:50

Recorded by Tom Tedesco, April 24 & 25, 2022, Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ Edited by Thomas Heberer, May 2022, NYC, NY Mixed & mastered by Jon Rosenberg, June 2022, Brooklyn, NY

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Massaria/ Kneer/ Hertenstein

The Absence Of Zero 

Setola Di Maiale, SM4560

Andrea Massaria - guitar & effects
Meinrad Kneer - double bass
Joe Hertenstein - drums & percussion

1. Zero One (11:40)

2. Zero Two (8:38)

3. Zero Three (10:13)

4. Zero Four (4:51)

5. Zero Five (8:59)


Compositions by Massaria/ Kneer/ Hertenstein


recorded by Christian Betz, Berlinaudio 11/2021

mixed by Alexis Baskind



Aron Namenwirth - Lisa Hoppe - Matt Mottel - Kevin Shea - jh "Live in Berlin"

recorded in Berlin 11/8/21 by Peer Soehring
mixed and mastered by Jon Rosenberg
organized by Ass
i Glöde and Jazz Keller 69 e.V.

Aron Namenwirth guitar
Lisa Hoppe bass
Matt Mottel Keytar
Kevin Shea drums

jh drums

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Dalius Naujo

NOJO AIRLINES New York, New York

feat. 48 musicians

NOJO AIRLINES is a sonic trip conceived and produced by Dalius Naujo 2021/2022
Mixed at Figure 8 Studios, Brooklyn, by Michael Coleman
Mastered & additional mixing by Julius Zubavičius

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Stephen Gauci​/​Sandy Ewen​/

​Thomas Helton​/​Joe Hertenstein

"Live at Scholes Street Studio"

Stephen Gauci - tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet
Sandy Ewen - guitar
Thomas Helton - bass
Joe Hertenstein - drums

Recorded by Rene Allain at Scholes Street Studio, Brooklyn on 5/27/21
Mixed & Mastered by Michael Coleman
Produced by Stephen Gauci
Photos by Rene Allain



OURIDA - Wings

OURIDA - voc, piano, ukulele

Jonathan Levy - bass

jh - drums

plus guests

Recorded by Eli Crews at Figure8Studios, Brooklyn, NY


"Co-produced by Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, Marc Ribot…), ‘Wings’ is an indie pop / art pop / alternative album of sensual songs full of imagery about multi-cultural life and women’s freedom of expression, mixing folk rock melodies and jazz groove with rhythm and sounds from around the world."

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SPACEPILOT - Hycean Worlds

live at Red Horn District


Elias Meister - guitar, electronics
Leo Genovese - synth, rhodes, hammond
Joe Hertenstein - drums

Orbit 577 Records
Recorded live at Red Horn District
Mixed & Mastered by Jeremy Loucas, NYC
Cover art by W—E studio, Piera Wolf & Claudine Eriksson

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Stephen Gauci - tenor sax

Alexander von Schlippenbach - piano

Jan Roder - bass

jh - drums

Recorded by Joe Hertenstein

at Keller4 Studios, Berlin, Oct22 2021

Mixed & Mastered by Michael Coleman

Produced by Stephen Gauci

Album design by Stephen Gauci

Cover photos by jh

Special Thanks

to Ken Burke

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Joe Hertenstein

feat. Michael Moore & Greg Cohen

"March 16th 2021 Kesselhaus, Berlin"

Michael Moore- AltoSaxophone&Clarinet
Greg Cohen - Bass
Joe Hertenstein - Drums


Recorded and mixed by Friedrich Stoermer
Mastered by Jeremy Loucas

Album design by Herbert Weissrock

Cover photo by jh

Inside photo by Herbert Weisrock

jazzwerkstatt Berlin

supported by the

Cultural Senat of Berlin


by The NYC Jazz Record

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Lior Milliger Free Improv Trio
feat. Hilliard Greene & Joe Hertenstein

"Your Comfort Zone Will Kill You"

Lior Milliger - Tenor Saxophone
Hilliard Greene - Bass
Joe Hertenstein - Drums


Recorded and mixed by Jason LaFarge on September 12th 2019 at Seizure’s Palace Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Shay Hazan

Album design by Mark Smith

Cover photo by Lior Milliger

Orbit577 is part of 577 Records

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Thomas Heberer - trp, comp

Joe Fonda - bass, flute, comp
jh - drums, comp

Recorded August 26, 2020, by Tom Tedesco, Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ
Mixed & mastered January 2021 by Jon Rosenberg, Brooklyn, NY

Fundacja Słuchaj


Recommended New Release

NYC JazzRecord 08 2021



Cecilie Beck - voice, piano, comp

Gabriel Gordon - voice, guitar, bass
jh - percussion/drums

Recorded in Denmark and Germany 2020/2021

Produced, mixed and mastered by Gabriel Gordon

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Sana Nagano

Sana Nagano - Violin/fx
Peter Apfelbaum - Tenor saxophone/megaphone
Keisuke Matsuno - Electric guitar
Ken Filiano - Acoustic bass/fx
jh - Drums 

Recorded July 1st and 3rd, 2019 and

Mixed by Martin Bisi at

BC Studios, Brooklyn, NY,

Mastered by Fred Kevorkian, NY

OUT 03/2021 on

577 Records LP/CD

Watch MOERS Festival 2022

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Carolin Pook

released March 4, 2021

Carolin Pook - violin/composition
Adriana Molello - violin
Tomoko Omura - violin (track 3&4)
Leonor Falcon - viola
Brian Sanders - cello
Christof Knoche - bass clarinet/harmonica
Dorothea Tachler - autoharp
Paul Orbell - electric guitar
Ari Folman-Cohen - bass
jh - drums/percussion/objects

Recorded on 4 Sundays 2020 at 11AM

remotely from home, offline, connected through 

stopwatch and imagination, we didn't hear each other, all first takes. Magical.

Mixed by Caio Carvalho, NY




Robert Musso & Mark Daterman 


Mark Daterman electric 12 string guitar
Robert Musso acoustic 6-string guitar
jh table percussion

Recorded August 2019 at Musso Studios, New York, NY

Engineered, mixed, mastered by Robert Musso

OUT 02/2021 on mussomusic


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Joe Stone vocals, acoustic guitar

Paul Orbell slide guitar

Craig Akin upright bass

jh drums on single POOR OL' BOY

Recorded July 2010 at Vanity Sound, Brooklyn, NY by Myles Turney

Mixed by Jeremy Loucas at SEAR SOUND, NY

Mastered by Kevin Blackler at BlacklerMastering, Brooklyn

OUT 12/2020 on BlueGeezerRecords


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orientation of we - EMERGENCE

Michael Irwin trp
James Brandon Lewis sax
Max Johnson bass
jh drums


Recorded July 2017 at Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, New York

Engineered by Michael Brorby

Mixed by Max Johnson

Mastered by Alan Silverman

OUT 10/2020 on the Belgian

label OFF-Records

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Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined Vol2

"Living There"


Sean Sonderegger - ts, bs, comp
Kamala Sankaram - voc, acc (1,2,4-6)
Curtis Fowlkes - tb (1,2,4-7)
Harvey Valdes - guit (1,2,4-6)
Shawn Lovato - bass
jh - drums and perc
Pheeroan akLaff - add drums and perc (1,3-5)

Recorded by Tom Tedesco at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ on January 15, 2018
Mixed and mastered by Liberty Ellman  

physically on SKIRL/46

digitally on MetaRecords

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Kevin Patton - Double Release!

Field Effect is an improvised quartet of piano, bass, drums, and live electronics.

Kevin Patton Live Electronics
Robert Boston Piano
Thomas Helton Contrabass
jh Drumset


Recorded July 2016 at Terminus Studio, New York City by Aaron Robinson

LISTEN/BUY via Bandcamp


Kevin Patton - Double Release!

into thickets
Kevin Patton Guitar, Live Electronics
Thomas Helton Contrabass
Robert Boston Piano, Synthesizer
Seth Paynter Tenor Saxophone

jh Drumset

Recorded at Ovations in Houston, Texas

November 2015 by Ryan Edwards

LISTEN/BUY via Bandcamp

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Aron Namenwirth Trio

Gettin' Hot

  • Aron Namenwirth - Guitar

  • Zach Swanson - Acoustic Bass

  • jh - Drums


Recorded by Rene' Allain Scholes Street Studio, NYC
Mixed and Mastered by Jon Rosenberg

Culture of Waste Records 2020

LISTEN/BUY via Bandcamp


Aron Namenwirth Trio feat. Daniel Carter

Live at the Bushwick Series

  • Aron Namenwirth - Guitar

  • Daniel Carter - all the horns

  • Zach Swanson - Acoustic Bass

  • jh - TabelPercussionKitHybrid


“Considering that this is a live recording, the sound is splendid… In a later section, the quartet erupts into some strong, explosive moments, which increase our pulse rates. Drummer Joe Hertenstein is often at the center of the quartet, navigating both free and a connected rhythmic undertow...” Bruce Lee Gallanter, DowntownMusicGallery 09/2019


David Weinstein WFMU

Equilibrium & Hysteria

Ridgewood Radio 2019 Experimental Music Sampler


  • Martha Mooke & Tony Verderosa (Roulette, 2004)

  • Matteo Liberatore & Matthew Ostrowski (Sump, 2017)

  • Anteloper (Jaimie Branch & Jason Nazary) (Outpost, 2018)

  • Jim Denley, Joe Hertenstein, Crystal Penalosa (Outpost, 2018)

  • Deep Listening Band (David Gamper, Stuart Dempster, Pauline Oliveros) (Roulette, 2008)

  • William Parker Ensemble w/Morley (Roulette, 2017)

WFMU's CD sampler containing music David Weinstein showcases on his radio show "Give the Drummer", Ridgewood Radio.

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Philipp Teriete



  • Philipp Teriete - Composition & Piano

  • Dave Pietro - Flute & Alto Saxophone

  • Elias Meister - Electric Guitar

  • Martin Wind - Acoustic Bass

  • jh - Drums




Jeff Morris Trio

Interfaces jazz meets electronics

feat. Karl Berger




While recording at Electric Lady Studios in New York, multiple Grammy Award winning producer TROOKO (Beyoncé, M.I.A.,  Beastie Boys, Residente) invited me to play drums on his DJ track and new single “RICO” - hell yeah!

> click for open.spotify



Ragas Live Retrospective, compilation

Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra with Brooklyn Raga Massive

"Twilight Lake" live at Ragas Live Festival at PioneerWorks, Brooklyn


SPACEPILOT 'Particle Horizon' live at Nublu /LP

with Elias Meister & Leo Genovese

feat. Tim Hagans & Jack Daniel.

Engineered, mixed, mastered by multi Grammy Award winning producer Jeremy Loucas on

Springstoff Records

> order LP incl. dwld-code

SPACEPILOT Particle Horizon




Welf Dorr Unit 'BLOOD'

with Dave Ross & Dmitry Ishenko physically on CreativeSources

digitally on Chant Records

Welf Dorr Unit BLOOD

"Every once in a great while a disc appears and renews my faith in jazz/rock/fusion. This is the one! I am working on getting a gig for this band because I want to check them out live. You best dig in and go along for the ride with those in the know."

- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG 


Ivo Perelman 'SCALENE' 

with Matthew Shipp on Leo Records





This album documents my first meeting with Ivo, who invited me spontaneously to the recording session at Jim Clouse's ParkWestStudios in Brooklyn - walking distance from my house - after Matt played him our album 'The Core Trio live feat. Matthew Shipp' on Evil Rabbit Records.

Check out Thomas Helton's The Core Trio as well!

Ivo Perelman SCALENE

If you work for a record label, I have some un-released recordings, which might interest you: 


- Duo with Thomas Heberer - H&H at DMG in NYC 

  Live at DowntownMusicGallery, multi-track, NYC2019 

- 4tet with Briggan Krauss, Shazhad Ismaily and Michael Vatcher

  Studio recording, multi-track, Brooklyn, NYC2019

- Joe Hertenstein plays Aaron Bielish's EYEMUSIC

with strings: Mat Maneri, Fred Lonberg-Holm & Michael Formanek 

with electronics: Dafna Naphtali & Hans Tammen 

  Live at ShapeshifterLab, multi-track, Brooklyn, NYC2019 

- Joe Hertenstein's FUTURE DRONEnyc 

  feat. Jon Irabagon, Anthony Coleman, Reuben Radding 

  Live at NubluJazzFestival, NYC2015 

- Joe Hertenstein's ODEM 

  feat. Todd Neufeld & Sean Conly - Studio recording, mastered

- Joe Hertenstein's As A Matter Of Change 

  feat. Darius Jones & Pascal Niggenkemper 

  Live at TheStone, NYC2011 

...and others

Free Jazz Blog's 2017 Top 10 List 

by Rick Joines:

Danny Kamins, Damon Smith, Alvin Fielder, and Joe Hertenstein — After Effects (FMR Records, 2017)



"I am a fan of innovative bass players, of baritone sax, and of extended technique: this quartet hits all my sweet spots."

"The musicians who made this album know how to get out of the way when music desires to reveal its essence. Unshackled from preconceptions of composition and improvisation, they know the authenticity of the music—and of themselves as musicians—is more important than conforming to any definition of “free” or “jazz.” This is music without cliché or artifice. It does not exist to entertain—in the background or as a distraction. It often seems strange and unfamiliar, but when we slow down, it teaches us how to listen and how “to dwell within the truth that is happening in the work,” as Heidegger says. This music contemplates; it reflects, it thinks—and it sweeps us into its drift, transporting all of us out of the habitual mundane, beyond ourselves, up into the luminous." - Rick Joines


AvantMusicNews' Best of 2017/Albums of the year:

Rest In Power 2019, dear Alvin!

My first mention in the ModernDrummerMagazine, May2018:


Below's link takes you to my first mention in the Modern Drummer Magazine as part of reviews of four Ivo Perelman albums in the

excellent company of drum colleagues Gerald Cleaver,

Bobby Kapp and Jeff Cosgrove:

 "Four approaches to free improvisation highlight

individualism on the drums."

"The drummer scrambles like eggs on “Part 9” and adds kineticism to the busy “Part 3” while leading the trudge to the moaning “Part 1”."

George W. Harris, 11/2017

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