Described as an "impressive talent" by All About Jazz, Ben Rosenblum is a jazz pianist, accordionist and composer based in New York City, and a graduate of Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music. His original music combines his extensive knowledge of the history of jazz with a free-wheeling, modern melodic sensibility and powerful narrative approach to the piano. His profound passion for jazz, swing and world music genres finds expression in his unique fusion of harmonic and rhythmic elements from a wide array of sources, and gives rise to a signature compositional sound and style at once iconoclastic and deeply rooted in such figures as Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly.
Ben's work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and two Downbeat Student Music Awards for composition and arrangement. Ben has played with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center (conducted by Joao Carlos Martins and featuring Dave Brubeck) as well as in Delhi, India. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Webster Hall and Blue Note NYC. Ben has worked extensively with such jazz luminaries as Curtis Lundy, Neal Smith, Winard Harper, Wayne Escoffery and Deborah Davis, and he has shared the stage with Houston Person, Dave Stryker, Steve Nelson, TS Monk and many others. He is currently celebrating the release of his debut album, Instead, which received 4 stars from Downbeat Magazine.
Ben Rosenblum will be joined by rising Bay Area star Kanoa Mendenhall on bass. 19-year old Kanoa has a regular jazz show on Columbia University’s radio station WKCR, and has performed with musicians such as Cecil McBee, Scott Robinson, Ron Carter, Bruce Forman, Vince Lateano, Antonio Hart, Darrell Green, and has recorded with Tom Pierson, Lew Soloff, and Pheeroan akLaff. She has studied with Rufus Reid, Ben Wolfe, and Ugonna Okegwo.
Ben will also be joined by highly regarded NYC drummer Ben Zweig. Zweig is a recipient of the NJ Governor’s Award in Jazz Excellence, drummer, steel pannist, and composer Ben Zweig. Most recently, he toured the American South with singer and pianist, Champian Fulton’s quartet. He performed and recorded in early 2015 with alto saxophone giant, Jerry Dodgion’s quartet. Additionally, performances with NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston, Cecil Bridgewater (Max Roach, Horace Silver), and Arturo O’Farrill were highlights of 2014. In recent years Zweig has worked with artists such as Jane Monheit, Dave Stryker, Curtis Lundy, Paul Bollenback, Anthony Wonsey, Ali Levy, Joel Press, Michael Kanan, David Wong, Michael Dease, Don Sickler and Matana Roberts. He has performed nationally and internationally at venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, Oosterport in Groningen, the Netherlands, Upstairs Jazz Club in Montreal, Quebec, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Apollo Theater, B.B. King’s, Smoke Jazz Club, Smalls, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, and many others.