Award-winning jazz pianist, composer and accordionist Ben Rosenblum has been called “mature beyond his years,” (Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility), an “impressive talent” (All About Jazz) who “caresses [the music] with the reverence it merits” (Downbeat Magazine). 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 was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall's Stern-Perelman Auditorium with Maestro Reona Ito's New York Harmonic Band, and he has appeared at numerous prestigious venues throughout the world, including Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, and Himawari-No-Sato Concert Hall in Yokohama. The most recent album, River City, has been described as “richly romantic” and “well-realized” by JAZZIZ Magazine, which featured the title track as part of their Fall 2018 sampler album.
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 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.
Ben Zweig is a NYC-based jazz drummer, bandleader, composer, and educator. Since moving to NYC in 2011, the 24 year-old has distinguished himself performing with jazz luminaries and contemporary artists at major venues throughout NYC, nationally, and internationally. A 2011 recipient of the NJ Governor’s Award in Jazz Excellence, Zweig’s musicianship is widely varied, ranging from lyrical brush playing and elegant accompaniment to a powerful and “relentless ride cymbal beat” (Johnny O’Neal). Born in New York City, Zweig’s musical aesthetic is well rooted in the American Jazz tradition. He also draws inspiration from folk traditions around the globe, especially from West-Africa, Brazil, Trinidad, Cuba, India, and European classical music. Ben has performed and recorded with alto saxophone giant Jerry Dodgion’s quartet, with NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston, Cecil Bridgewater (Max Roach, Horace Silver), and Arturo O’Farrill, and in recent years with 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.
Bass: Greg Feingold