Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project
Friday, October 21, 2022, 7:30 pm
Ben Rosenblum - piano/accordion
Wayne Tucker – trumpet
Jasper Dutz - sax/bass clarinet
Rafael Rosa – guitar
Marty Jaffe – bass
Ben Zweig – drums
Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project assembles a stellar cast of NYC-based jazz improvisers to explore Rosenblum's original, world-infused compositions and arrangements, with a unique instrumentation featuring bass clarinet, accordion and trumpet in addition to the rhythm section. Led by Ben Rosenblum, an internationally-touring bandleader and award-winning composer, the group was recently voted runner-up for Best New Artist in JazzTimes' 2020 Readers' Poll, and is currently celebrating the 2020 release of Rosenblum's third album as a leader, Kites and Strings. The original material explores a wide variety of musical interests, from straight ahead jazz to world music genres from Brazil, Peru, Croatia, Bulgaria, India, Ireland, Jewish traditions and more. The non-original repertoire features renditions of music as disparate as Bulgarian choral music, Brazilian forró, Leonard Bernstein and Neil Young. The musicians come from a diverse set of cultural traditions, and bring their unique personalities and interests to the music in a way that coalesces in a sound both rooted in the tradition and distinctly contemporary.
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) in 2017, Rosenblum has toured extensively with his trio and sextet throughout the United States, including multiple trips to the Northeast, Midwest, South and West Coast, as well as 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.
"Ben Rosenblum’s Nebula Project is one of the most intriguing young ensembles to emerge in recent years." -Ken Franckling, Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes
"Rosenblum thinks of his sextet as an orchestra. He writes tunes that feel light in touch but whose arrangements interweave lines into continuously evolving intricate designs" -Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes
"When [Rosenblum solos], it's enough to awaken thoughts that the accordion's status as a jazz instrument may have been undervalued." -Jack Bowers, All About Jazz