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.
Ben Rosenblum will be joined by rising Bay Area star Kanoa Mendenhall on bass. Kanoa Mendenhall was born in Yokohama, Japan. Raised by two pianists, she started playing jazz cello at age 10 and upright bass at age 12. By age 13, she was regularly performing in the Monterey and San Francisco Bay areas. Now 19, Kanoa resides in NYC, where she studies East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, and has participated in the Columbia-Juilliard exchange program. In addition, she has a regular jazz show on the university’s radio station WKCR. Kanoa has performed with musicians such as Cecil McBee, Scott Robinson, Ron Carter, Bruce Forman, Vince Lateano, Antonio Hart, Darrell Green, and has recorded with Tom Pierson, Lew Soloff, and Pheeroan akLaff. She has studied with Rufus Reid, Ben Wolfe, and Ugonna Okegwo.
Ben will also be joined by highly regarded New York City drummer Ben Zweig. A recipient of the NJ Governor’s Award in Jazz Excellence, drummer, steel pannist, and composer Ben Zweig 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. 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.