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Ben Rosenblum Trio

June 24, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT


Ben Rosenblum is a jazz pianist and composer based in New York City. A graduate of Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music, Ben is celebrating the release of his debut album, Instead, which features jazz greats Curtis Lundy and Billy Hart and was awarded 4/5 stars in Downbeat Magazine.

“The music is thoughtful. … Rosenblum has the chops to shoot off a few fireworks, … but that doesn’t seem to be a priority when covering sacred material. Rosenblum and Lundy caress [the music] with the reverence it merits.” -Bob Doerschuk, Downbeat Magazine

“There do emerge conservatoire aces with grit in their imaginations and a facility to express such in their playing. Ben Rosenblum is one such performer/composer.” -C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

“Hands of a diamond cutter” -Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“Certainly the kind of cat that’s going to go the distance” -George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Watch Ben Rosenblum play “Blues in the Closet” with the Curtis Lundy Trio:

“Cheese Cake” also with the Curtis Lundy Trio:

Preview his debut album “Instead” on Soundcloud:

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), Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan), DUMBO Arts Festival (Brooklyn), Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA) and Music Mountain Festival (Connecticut).  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, Jerry Dodgion, Warren Wolf, Eliot Zigmund, Clarence Penn, Craig Handy, Stacy Dillard, Chris Washburne, Dave Stryker, James Cammack, Ameen Saleem, Bob Nieske, Steve Nelson, Yasushi Nakamura, Essiet Essiet, TS Monk, Willie Williams, Patience Higgins, Josh Evans, Kenny Davis, Rogerio Boccato and many others.

Ben is currently celebrating the release of his debut album, entitled Instead. Featuring jazz legends Curtis Lundy on bass and Billy Hart on drums, Instead combines Ben’s foundation in traditional hard bop with his modern melodic sensibility and inventive composition. Instead features six of Ben Rosenblum’s original compositions, written at various stages in his musical career. These compositions, which have evolved and adapted as Ben’s music has changed and grown, demonstrate Ben’s versatility as a musician, and his appreciation for many different styles of jazz. The album has been released to critical acclaim, including 4/5 stars from Downbeat Magazine, and positive reviews from All About Jazz, Jazz Weekly, The Midwest Record, Drum Set Magazine and RG Magazine.

Upright and electric bassist Ben Rubens, currently the bassist with the Johnny O’Neal Trio, has rapidly developed a reputation for being a supportive and well-rounded rhythm section stalwart. His blessings include being the final bass player to play with drum heroes Al Harewood and Killer Ray Appleton; additionally, Ben was personally invited into the home of saxophone icon Frank Wess three different times to play marathon length sessions. Performances include: The Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theater, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Roseland Ballroom with Randy Weston, Winard Harper, civil rights era percussion pioneer Warren Smith and renowned bebop pianist Hod O’Brien. Rubens has recorded a whole album of Jerry Dodgion’s original music featuring Dodgion as the leader, as well as being featured on other dates (four of which at the heralded Rudy Van Gelder’s studio) with Judy Niemack, Joe Cohn and vibraphone great Steve Nelson. Ben has also performed with many pop and musical theater greats including Jennifer Hudson, Liz Callaway, Michael McCoury-Rose and Doug Katsaros.

Fortunately, Ben’s lifelong and professed affinity for names and history allowed him to be the exclusive bass editor for jazzleadsheets.com, where he works hand in hand with legendary producer, trumpeter, publisher, and educator Don Sickler. Finally, his love for education and connection has happily blossomed further through being a faculty member at the world class Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens program in Newark, NJ, which he initally attended as a high school student. He has toured Belgium, Germany and the West Coast of America. Studying bass with such respected players as Harvie S and Bob Cranshaw, Rubens graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Performance.

A recipient of the NJ Governor’s Award in Jazz Excellence, drummer, steel pannist, and composer Ben Zweig is an active force in the international jazz and contemporary music scenes. Ben’s playing is well rooted in the American jazz tradition. His influences also include European and Indian classical music, as well as Brazilian, Cuban, and West-Indian folk traditions. Ben began playing with seasoned New York City and international jazz greats upon moving to Harlem 5 years ago. Most recently, Ben 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. Ben plays regularly in New York City with a number of well established musicians. In recent years he has had the pleasure to perform with artists such as Jane Monheit, Dave Stryker, Curtis Lundy, Paul Bollenback, Anthony Wonsey, Ali Levy, Joel Press, Michael Kanan, David Wong, Michael Dease, and Matana Roberts. Since 2013 Ben has worked and recorded with Grammy-Winning producer, trumpet player, and arranger Don Sickler at the historic Rudy Van Gelder Studios. Ben 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, the Litchfield, Montreal, Morristown, and Marblehead Jazz Festivals, NJPAC’s Victoria and Prudential Theaters, and many others.


June 24, 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT


The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, 06457 United States
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