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.
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!
(For a complete list of upcoming gigs, click here. To sign up for my mailing list, click here).
Sunday, August 14th at 7:00pm
Tatiana Eva-Marie at the Wesport Levitt AMP Pavillion (Westport, CT)
Tuesday, August 16th at 9:00pm
Choro at St. Tuesday (Manhattan: West Village)
Sunday, August 21st at 4pm-6pm
Mike LaVelle's Clube do Choro at Barbes (Brooklyn: Park Slope)
Monday, October 17th at 7:30pm
Ben Rosenblum Trio at the University of Tampa (Tampa, FL)
Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm
Ben Rosenblum Trio at Shell Point (Fort Myers, FL)
Friday, October 21st at 7:30pm
Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project performs for the Allentown Symphony Association (Allentown, PA). More info.
November 2nd-5th: Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project Tour - Midwest !!
(more dates to be added - check back for the latest)
Wednesday, November 2nd: Wisconsin Conservatory of Music (Milwaukee, WI)
Friday, November 4th: Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts (Fremont, MI)
Saturday, November 5th: Ravinia (Chicago, IL)
Friday, November 18th at 7:30pm
The University of Colorado Boulder Presents: Ephrat Asherie Dance at the Macky Auditorium (Boulder, CO). More info.
January 19th-February 5th: Ben Rosenblum Trio Southern Tour !!
(more dates to be added - check back for the latest)
Thursday, January 19th: Kershaw County Arts Center (Camden, SC)
Friday, January 20th: Lancaster Cultural Arts Center (Lancaster, SC)
Sunday, January 22nd: Gainesville First UMC (Gainesville, GA)
Tuesday, January 24th: Tuesdays Live (Augusta, GA)
Wednesday, January 25th: Steinway Carolina (Greenville, SC)
Thursday, January 26th: Orangeburg County Arts Center (Orangeburg, SC)
Friday, January 27th: Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church (Charleston, SC)
Saturday, January 28th: The Hub on Canal (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
Sunday, January 29th: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Gainesville, FL)
Tuesday, January 31st: Marco Island Center for the Arts (Marco Island, FL)
Wednesday, February 1st: Alliance for the Arts (Fort Myers, FL)
Thursday, February 2nd: Highland Library (Highland Beach, FL)
Sunday, February 5th: Trinity Durham (Durham, NC)
Saturday, February 25th:
Ben Rosenblum Trio at the Music on Tap Series (Jackson, MI)
Award-winning New York City jazz pianist and accordionist Ben Rosenblum has been described as “mature beyond his years,” (Sea of Tranquility), an “impressive talent” (All About Jazz), who “caresses [the music] with the reverence it merits” (Downbeat Magazine). Since the release of his debut trio album, Instead (4 stars, Downbeat), Rosenblum has toured extensively with his trio and sextet throughout the United States, including multiple trips to the Northeast, Midwest, South and West Coast, and internationally in Canada, Europe and Japan. He was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall's Stern-Perelman Auditorium (with Reona Ito's New York Harmonic Band) and has appeared at prestigious venues throughout the world, including at the Appel Room at Lincoln Center, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Ravinia, Himawari-No-Sato Concert Hall in Yokohama, Bird's Eye in Basel and the Library of Congress. Rosenblum's second trio album in 2018, River City, was called “richly romantic” and “well-realized” by JAZZIZ Magazine, which featured the title track as part of their Best of Fall 2018 CD. Most recently, Rosenblum released his third album, Kites and Strings, which is the first to feature him on both piano and accordion alongside his new sextet, the Nebula Project. In 2020, the Nebula Project was voted runner-up for Best New Artist in JazzTimes' Readers' Poll. Rosenblum has been privileged to share the stage with many highly acclaimed jazz musicians, including extensive work with Curtis Lundy, Winard Harper, Deborah Davis and Chris Washburne, as well as appearances with Bobby Watson, Sean Jones, TS Monk, Warren Wolf, Eliot Zigmund, and many others. Rosenblum's musical interests also extend beyond jazz to include work in numerous world music scenes, including musical styles from Brazil, Peru, Croatia, Bulgaria, India, Ireland, Jewish traditions and more.