Tune in to the Musician’s Show today, May 10, from 6:00-9:00 PM ET for a live interview with jazz pianist and composer Ben Rosenblum. Rosenblum is a recent graduate of the joint program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music, and is currently based in New York. His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award in 2010, the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Original Song in 2010, and the Downbeat Student Music Award for Best Arrangement in 2011. He was commissioned by the XIBUS World Orchestra in Boston to write a piece for full orchestra, chorus, and jazz band, which culminated in a performance at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on April 14, 2012. Rosenblum has worked with Grammy nominated singer Ryland Angel on a number of compositional projects, including the project Unspoken, which premiered at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis in November 2016. Ben's debut album as a leader, entitled Instead, was released on March 1, 2017 on OneTrickDog Records, and features jazz legends Curtis Lundy on bass and Billy Hart on drums.
Rosenblum has performed around the country, as well as internationally, including with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center, 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, Ryles Jazz Club, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, The Blue Note and a host of other locations throughout the northeast. Rosenblum has worked extensively with jazz luminaries including 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.
Rosenblum is also the founder of the Columbia Jazz House, a student-run jazz advocacy group at Columbia University that promotes jazz on campus through concerts, educational workshops and jam sessions