Award-winning jazz pianist, composer and accordionist Ben Rosenblum (www.benrosenblummusic.com) has been described as “mature beyond his years,” (Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility), and as an “impressive talent” (C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz), who “caresses [the music] with the reverence it merits” (Bob Doerschuk, Downbeat Magazine). Rosenblum is based primarily in New York City, and is a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard program (in 2016). His original music combines his extensive knowledge of the history of jazz with a free-wheeling, modern melodic sensibility and powerful narrative approach to the piano. His profound passion for jazz, swing and world music genres finds expression in his unique fusion of harmonic and rhythmic elements from a wide array of sources, and gives rise to a signature compositional sound and style at once iconoclastic and deeply rooted in such figures as Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly. Rosenblum’s first priority in his composition and in his playing is always narrative – to tell a compelling story with his music, while reaching the hearts of his audience, connecting on an emotional, an intellectual and a spiritual level.
Since the release of his debut album, Rosenblum has been touring regularly – both nationally and internationally – celebrating the album and collaborating with artists around the world. His trio made debuts in Japan and in Canada in 2018. During his two-week tour of Japan, Rosenblum performed in eight different cities, including in Tokyo at Akasaka B-flat, and in Yokohama at Himawari-no-Sato Concert Hall with famed koto player Yuko Watanabe. Highlights of his Canada tour included appearances at Upstairs Jazz in Montreal, Maelstrom and Bar Ste-Angele in Quebec City and the Southminster “Doors Open For Music” Concert Series in Ottawa. In the United States, Ben has traveled extensively throughout the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast, with trips planned for the South and Southwest.
Rosenblum kicks off his summer West Coast Tour at Jazz LIVE at Marine View on Sunday, June 9, 5 p.m. He’ll show off his immense skills on both the piano and the accordion. His ensemble also consists of his drummer Ben Zweig from New York City and bassist Greg Feingold from Seattle. Appearing as a special guest is the well-known vibraphonist Susan Pascal (www.susanpascal.com). Pascal’s eclectic musical interests are reflected in her own projects. Her Soul Sauce quintet is a tribute to Latin jazz icon Cal Tjader, and her new Brazil Project band features the rich rhythmic and melodic traditions of Brazil. Her straight-ahead jazz group, the Susan Pascal Quartet has been nominated twice for Best Acoustic Group by Seattle’s Earshot Jazz.
Don’t miss a sterling evening of jazz in the beautiful confines of Marine View, 8469 Eastside Dr. N.E., Tacoma. Admission is free to all ages. Learn more at www.Marineviewpcs.org.