This past September, I did a super fun solo piano performance at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, MA. Recently, Ellen Sturgis and Elaria Jacob at the Amazing Things Arts Center made a video featuring one of the tunes I performed, an original from my debut album entitled "Because It's Raining." I think it turned out really nicely, so I wanted to share it here! Hope you enjoy:
Hi everyone and happy November! This coming month is bringing a couple of very exciting performances, as well as a new recording project with one of my favorite bands, Ben Sutin's Klazz-Ma-Tazz. Hope to see you at one of the following concerts:
Ben Rosenblum Trio Returns to the Kitano (Wendesday, November 1st):
This Wednesday, November 1st (sets at 8pm and 10pm), I'll be bringing my trio back to one of my favorite venues, The Kitano in Midtown Manhattan. This show is particularly special because I will be joined by two of my best musical friends, Ben Rubens on bass and Ben Zweig on drums. The Bens and I have been playing together as a trio for almost seven years now, and it's always a joy to play with them. For more info, visit http://www.kitano.com/Jazz-Schedule.
Deborah Davis/Ben Rosenblum Duo at the 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing, New Jersey (Friday, November 10th):
we will record as a group, and it's going to be a great time. In case you don't know anything about this group, you can learn more us at http://www.bensutinmusic.com/klazz-ma-tazz. I will also be continuing my weekly Thursday residency with jazz giant Curtis Lundy at Orama in Edgewater, NJ (we are off this coming Thursday, but we will be returning on Thursday, November 9th). On Tuesday, November 7th, I'll be at Minton's with drummer JC Polo's Latin Jazz project, and I'll be making a couple appearances with singer Katini Yamaoka and guitarist Michael Sheridan. As always, you can check my schedule at https://www.benrosenblummusic.com/schedule.html for the most up-to-date information about upcoming performances.
Thanks for your continuing support, and all the best!
October is turning out to be an exciting month, with a number of very cool performances both in New York City and throughout the Northeast. Hope to see you at one of my upcoming shows:
Return to Kitano
On Tuesday, October 3rd (tomorrow!) and Tuesday, October 17th at 8pm, I will be returning to the Kitano in Midtown Manhattan (38th and Park Ave) to perform for their emerging artist solo piano series. I did a series of solo piano performances at Kitano in April, and it was a ton of fun, so I'm very happy to be doing it again. This month, the themes are Movie Soundtracks (Oct 3) and Free Improvisation (Oct 17). Both are great passions for me, so I'm excited to share this music with all of you.
In addition, on Wednesday, November 1st (sets at 8pm and 10pm), I will be appearing at the Kitano with my trio featuring long-time collaborators and close friends Ben Rubens on bass and Ben Zweig on drums. I've been playing with these two musicians as a trio for at least six years now, and it's always very special for me to be able to perform with them. I hope to see you there!
Astrid Kuljanic's CD Release Concert: Carnegie Hall
On Tuesday, October 24th at 8pm, I will be at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall celebrating the album release of Astrid Kuljanic's Riva. It's been such a pleasure playing accordion in Astrid's new group, Transatlantic Exploration Company, alongside bassist Mat Muntz and percussionist Rogerio Boccato, and I cannot say enough about how creative and talented Astrid is.
This CD Release event will feature the original ensemble as well as a number of special guests, including various Balkan Folklore ensembles, Klazz-Ma-Tazz members Ben Sutin and Elijah Shiffer, Astrid's choral project (the Asaran Earth Trio) and more. This should be a really incredible evening. To learn more, visit Carnegie Hall's website here.
As mentioned in the previous email blast, I have a very exciting performance coming up this week on Friday, October 6th (sets at 8:00pm and 9:30pm) at An Die Musik in Baltimore, MD alongside the legendary Curtis Lundy and Eric Kennedy. Tickets are available at this link, so if you live in the area or have any friends around there, please spread the word! I also have my weekly Thursday residency with Curtis at Orama in Edgewater, NJ, as well as our Saturday residency at the South Fin Grill in Staten Island. And I will be making a couple appearances on accordion in Northampton, MA alongside guitarist Michael Sheridan, including a feature concert on Friday, October 13th at the Northampton Community Music Center.
Finally, I will be doing an incredibly unique and wonderful project with acclaimed trombonist Chris Washburne at the end of the month. Chris has been commissioned to write a brand new score to the classic silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The score consists of music composed in 1920-1921, the years in which the film first premiered, and we will be performing it live at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Halloween night! Full event info can be found here.
Thanks for reading all the way through this long email! Hope to see you at an upcoming show, and all the best!
I'm very excited to announce a number of new dates that will take me throughout the Northeast, from Massachusetts to Baltimore. Up first, on Friday, September 15th at 7pm, I have a concert appearance with my trio featuring the legendary Eliot Zigmund on drums (famous for his work with Bill Evans and Stan Getz), as well as the wonderful Dan Chmielinski on bass. Eliot is a great friend and an amazing musician, and it is so special to be able to play my music with him. This performance will take place at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, NJ (about 15 minutes from New York City across the George Washington Bridge).
On Sunday, September 24th (sets at 8pm and 9:30pm), I will again be joining my good friend and fantastic singer Deborah Davis at Mezzrow in the West Village in New York City. Last time Debo and I played at Mezzrow we sold out the first set, and this time we're trying to sell out both! It's a great pleasure to be invited back to this intimate and beautiful club. This time we will also be joined by the great bassist Jennifer Vincent. Visit this page to make reservations for either set.
On Saturday, September 30th at 8pm, I'll be in Framingham, MA (near Boston) doing a solo piano appearance at the Amazing Things Art Center! This is a wonderful venue and a very special event for me, as I haven't performed in the Boston area for quite some time. I hope to see some friendly faces! Then, on Friday, October 6th (sets at 8pm and 9:30pm), I'll be on the other side of the Northeast in Baltimore, MD, at the beautiful music performance space An Die Musik. It's a real privilege to be there and to be joined by my mentor and the bassist from my album Curtis Lundy as well as the great Baltimore drummer Eric Kennedy as we celebrate my debut album Instead.
Above and below are videos from our recent show at the Back Room in Berkeley, CA on August 6th. A huge thanks to Sam Rudin for having us there, and to our wonderful audience. This is the first show that I live streamed on my Facebook page as well, and I am so happy that so many people were able to tune in and enjoy it. At the bottom of the post are a couple pictures from our down time hiking in Point Lobos and Big Sur (two of the most beautiful places I have ever been), as well as a couple photos from our performances. It was an absolute pleasure being on the West Coast this past week, and we hope to be back soon!
Top: Point Lobos in the Carmel Highlands. Bottom: Big Sur.
I am very happy to be leading my trio on a West Coast tour in a couple weeks. We will be in the Bay Area from August 1st to August 8th making a number of stops, including six performances and a couple of radio interviews (click on my schedule page for a full itinerary). Below are three of the highlights:
I hope all is well, and thanks always for the continuing support. This summer has already been an incredibly exciting time for me. I had the opportunity to travel to Italy for the first time to perform in a small town called Gubbio in Perugia, and I've had a number of really special appearances in the Northeast, including my CD release concert at Mezzrow in late May. The next few months are promising to be equally special, so I wanted to share with you what I'll be doing and where I'll be appearing in the upcoming weeks.
In July, I'll be performing mostly in New York City and the surrounding area. I'm especially excited to have been invited back to the Kitano on Thursday, July 20th for two sets with my trio (8pm and 10pm). I had a blast when I was at the Kitano in April for their Tuesday solo piano series, and I'm so happy that I'm able to return there with a full group. It's one of my favorite places to play. More information can be found at their website: http://www.kitano.com/Jazz-Schedule.
I'll also be doing a solo piano concert in Ewing, NJ on July 7th at the 1867 Sanctuary. This is an absolutely gorgeous venue, and I can't wait to perform there. Visit the 1867 Sanctuary website at http://www.1867sanctuary.org/150festivalCJ0707.html for more info about the appearance. Other notable appearances in July include an accordion festival in Bryant Park on July 5th from 6pm-8pm (free admission!), a concert in Stamford, NY for the Friends of Music Concert Series on Sunday, July 16th with Marty Jaffe, and an appearance at Smalls with the Tim Hegarty Group on July 26th, as well as my on-going appearances with the incredible Curtis Lundy and Winard Harper (Thursdays 7:30-10:30 at Orama in Edgewater, NJ, and Sundays 2:30-5:30 at Suzy Que's in West Orange)
Finally, I'm incredibly happy to announce that I will be doing my first West Coast tour alongside the wonderful Kanoa Mendenhall on bass and Ben Zweig on drums. We will be appearing at a number of amazing venues, including the famous Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA on Thursday, August 3rd at 7:00pm. Other highlights of the trip will be Cafe Pink House in Saratoga, CA on Friday, August 4th at 7:30pm and the Back Room in Berkeley, CA on Sunday, August 6th at 8:00pm. We will be making other stops as well, so stay tuned for all the latest news on my website and on my Instagram (@benrosenblummusic), and spread the word to all your friends on the West Coast!
I have a very special performance coming up at the end of the month with the fantastic conductor Reona Ito. On Tuesday, May 30th at 2pm, I will be a guest artist jazz piano soloist with Mr. Ito and the New York Harmonic Band in a Japan-USA Goodwill Concert at Carnegie Hall. We will be playing arrangements of popular folk and swing songs from American history, as well as traditional and more modern Japanese music. The concert will be very unique, as I will be improvising alongside the written orchestral part, and we will be working with the interplay of jazz and classical music styles. Best of all, tickets are free! So definitely pick up tickets at the box office on the day of the show. You can learn more at the following link: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/5/30/0200/PM/Japan-USA-Goodwill-Concert/. Hope to see you there!
I'm so excited to share the music from my album with everyone at my CD release event at Mezzrow, this Sunday, May 21st. The set at 8:00pm is sold out for the listening room, but there are still seats available at the bar for walk-ins. The set at 9:30pm has plenty of space in the listening room, so if you want to guarantee a spot in the listening room, definitely follow this link and reserve tickets for the 9:30pm show.
I'm incredibly lucky to be sharing this night with the rhythm section from my album: jazz luminaries Curtis Lundy on bass and Billy Hart on drums. These two musicians are among my heroes, and I am so fortunate that they have given their talents to my music. This will be a very special night, and I am looking forward to seeing everyone there!
I feel incredibly honored to have taken part in the 2017 Jesse Owens International Athletic Trophy Gala at the Appel Room last night alongside the great Curtis Lundy. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Muhammad Ali's family and getting to talk to them, and I had the incredible opportunity to meet several Olympic gold medalists and countless other extraordinary people. A huge thank you to Curtis and Darryl Jeffries for asking me to be part of this evening. It will be one I never forget.
(For a complete list of upcoming gigs, click here. To sign up for my mailing list, click here).
Due to COVID-19, most live concerts are being rescheduled. During the pandemic, I've been doing a live stream on my Facebook page every Sunday at 4, which can be accessed here. I've also been posting new videos on my Instagram with tributes to recently passed musicians, and I've done a handful of concerts online for venues in the US and Canada. I'm planning new tours for 2021, and I'm optimistic I'll be able to travel by then. Stay safe, and looking forward to seeing you, either online or on our next tour!
November 6th (May Be Rescheduled):
Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project at the Greenwich Community Concert Series (Greenwich, CT)
Ben Rosenblum Trio at the Portland Conservatory of Music (Portland, ME)
Ben Rosenblum Trio - Appearance in Phippsburg, ME (Details TBA)
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 recent graduate of the joint program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music. His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and two Downbeat Student Music Awards for composition and arrangement. Ben was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. He 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, and at the Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond), Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland) and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan). He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Ryles Jazz Club, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, The Blue Note and a host of other locations throughout the northeast. 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 is currently celebrating the release of his debut album, entitled Instead. The album has been released to critical acclaim, including 4 stars from Downbeat Magazine.