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.
I'm incredibly excited to announce that my debut album, Instead, is out now and available for purchase at CD Baby (physical copy), Amazon (digital copy) and many more sites! Featuring Curtis Lundy on bass and Billy Hart on drums, Instead is a culmination of many years of musical growth and development, and features original compositions from as far back as eight years that have been evolving and changing as I have played them. The music is deeply rooted in the hard bop tradition, but features a modern melodic sensibility and a wide variety of different styles ranging from bossa to up-tempo swing. It has been a privilege working with Curtis and Billy, and I hope that you enjoy listening to the album as much as I enjoyed making it.
Check back in soon for the latest details about live CD release events coming up in New York City and in the surrounding area, as well as any new reviews or publicity about the album. And a huge thanks again to everyone who made this album possible!
On March 1st, 2017, I will be releasing my debut album as a leader, entitled Instead, and featuring the amazing Curtis Lundy on bass and Billy Hart on drums. A huge thank you to everyone who has been part of this process -- especially everyone at One Trick Dog Records for providing so much support throughout the whole process -- and I am incredibly excited to share this music with all of you, and to provide updates and information about upcoming events associated with the CD. There is a lot more info to come about the album, so stay tuned, and I'm very much looking forward to everyone hearing the music!
Today, I wanted to post specifically to say how privileged I feel to have been featured in the most recent issue of Downbeat magazine! Special thanks to Bob Doerschuk for writing such a beautiful review of the CD. The digital issue of the magazine just came out today, and the print issue is out March 14th, so keep on the lookout for the review (I am on page 58). Below is a screenshot of the page that I am featured on:
Currently, I am mixing the record with my amazing brother Dev Avidon at Avidon Audio Labs, and it should be pressed and ready to be released in early 2017. Definitely stay tuned for more info about the record, and for information about an upcoming CD release event to promote the album!
Hi everyone! After a grueling final semester, I am happy to say that I have now completed my undergraduate degree participating in the exchange program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music. A huge thank you goes to everyone who has supported me along the way.
This past four years has been an incredible journey. While at Columbia, I have met and played with some of my favorite musicians, and I have befriended some of the most incredible people I have ever encountered. It has been a true pleasure to attend both Columbia and Juilliard, and I will miss many of the people I used to see there on a regular basis. At the same time, it feels wonderful to be able to commit myself full-time to music now, and I am very excited to grow further as a musician and to continue to develop musical relationships with the amazing musicians in New York City. I have a number of projects in the works currently -- including a debut album -- and I can't wait to share the results with everyone. Stay tuned for further updates, and as always, check the schedule tab for a list of upcoming appearances.
Hi everyone! Happy holidays, and I hope all is well.
Many of you know that I run a small jazz advocacy group at Columbia University called Jazz House. There are nine of us jazz musicians living together in a dorm called River Hall, and we put on many concerts and jam sessions, and support efforts to promote jazz on Columbia's campus and in the surrounding area. Tomorrow, Jazz House is going to be featured in the New York Times, in an article in the Metro section written by the wonderful Mr. Corey Kilgannon (a huge thanks to Mr. Kilgannon for taking the time to get to know us and write about us). For those of you who want to read the article online, here is the link. Otherwise, pick up a copy of the paper tomorrow and read about our lives and daily activities!
If you want to learn more about the Columbia Jazz House, you can also visit our website at http://www.columbiajazzhouse.com. Here, you can find information about the people who live in Jazz House, as well as our planned concerts and events.
Hi everyone! It's been a while since I have posted, so I just wanted to write an update about what has been happening in the past couple of months.
First, up until very recently, I have been playing every week with the incredible Curtis Lundy. For those of you who don't know Curtis, you can learn more about him on his website here. He is an amazing bass player who has played with so many jazz legends, and he has also been an extremely important mentor to me in my musical development. It has been so much fun being able to play with him on such a regular basis. I am not sure if the gig we have been playing together is going to continue in the future, but definitely check back in for further developments on my gigs with him.
Hi everyone! After an amazing trip to California performing in Monique Witt's play, Split/screen, I'm back in New York City. We received some great feedback on the play while we were out there, and we were very excited to have been picked as one of the "Pick of the Fringe" plays, as well as one of laist.com's "Four interesting plays to check out at the Fringe Festival" (link). Here's hoping that we will get the opportunity to put on the play again sometime in the near future!
Recently, I have been working on composing the music for a new video game project called Spectrum: An Elegy for Piano. Spectrum is a puzzle adventure game based around the concept of synesthesia, and because of this, there will be a huge focus on music and art. The main character, Timothy, meets a variety of musicians on his journey, and solves puzzles by using music and color to his advantage. It should be a beautiful game, and I am very excited to be working on it, alongside fellow Columbia students Rienzi Gokea (lead programmer and producer) and Kimberly Hou (fellow music composer).
(For a complete list of upcoming gigs, click here. To sign up for my mailing list, click here).
Thursday, February 15th at 8:00pm
Deborah Davis at Mist (Manhattan: Harlem)
Saturday, February 17th at 7:00pm
Katini Yamaoka at Metropolis (Manhattan: Union Square)
Saturday, March 3rd at 7:30pm
Tim Hegarty Group at Smalls (Manhattan: West Village)
March 6th-22nd: Ben Rosenblum Trio Midwest and Canada CD Release Tour !!
Tuesday, March 6th, 7:00pm: Mt. St. Joseph University (Cincinnati, OH) - performance and Q&A
Wednesday, March 7th, 9:00pm: Golden Mean Arts (Cincinnati, OH). Venue website.
Thursday, March 8th, 7:00pm: Lexington Public Library (Lexington, KY). More info here.
Saturday, March 10th, 8:00pm: Merriman's Playhouse (South Bend, IN). Venue website.
Sunday, March 11th, 5:00pm: Live interview at WNUR (Evanston, IL).
Sunday, March 11th, 8:30pm: Fulton Street Collective (Chicago, IL). Venue website.
Tuesday, March 13th, 7:00pm: Moriarty's (Lansing, MI). Facebook event.
Wednesday, March 14th, 8:00pm: Bop Stop (Cleveland, OH). More info here.
Friday, March 16th (opening band at 8:00pm, our set at 9:00pm): Canterbury House (Ann Arbor, MI). Venue website.
Saturday, March 17th, 9:30pm: Cliff Bells (Detroit, MI). More info here.
Canada (featuring Montreal-native guitarist Sam Kirmayer):
Sunday, March 18th, 3:00pm: Silence Sounds (Guelph, Ontario). Facebook event.
Monday, March 19th, 9:30pm: Emmet Ray (Toronto). Venue website.
Wednesday, March 21st, 8:00pm: Upstairs Lounge (Montreal). More info here.
Thursday, March 22nd, 7:00pm: Maelstrom (Quebec City). Facebook event (French).
** Monday, April 2nd (sets at 8:00pm and 10:30pm) **
Deborah Davis' Annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Benefit at the Blue Note (Manhattan: West Village)
** Sunday, April 8th at 11:00am-2:00pm **
Ben Sutin's Klazz-Ma-Tazz at City Winery (Manhattan: West Village)
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.