"Don’t let a robot choose your music."

March 16th 2021


20.00 Uhr/8pm

Kurfürstendamm 211, 10719 Berlin





GREG COHEN double bass

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As always, thank you for listening!


Master Series & Argentum Series

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


Sana Nagano

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

Recorded July 1st and 3rd, 2019 and

Mixed by Martin Bisi at

BC Studios, Brooklyn, NY,

Mastered by Fred Kevorkian, Kevorkian Mastering, NY

OUT 03/2021 on

577 Records

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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


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
Joe Hertenstein - 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

Sonderegger Magically Inclined SKIRL Vol
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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
Joe Hertenstein: 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
Joe Hertenstein: Drumset
Seth Paynter: Tenor Saxophone


Recorded at Ovations in Houston, Texas in November of 2015 by Ryan Edwards

LISTEN/BUY via Bandcamp

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Aron Namenwirth Trio

Gettin' Hot

  • Aron Namenwirth - Guitar

  • Zach Swanson - Acoustic Bass

  • Joe Hertenstein - 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

  • Joe Hertenstein - 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

  • Joe Hertenstein - 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

photography by Russell Cramer