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Jazz trio brings the beat to Manzanita

Ben Rosenblum, an award-winning pianist, performs with jazz stars at Hoffman Center for the Arts on June 12

Published on June 5, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on June 6, 2018 10:37AM

Jazz pianist Ben Rosenblum

Courtesy Hoffman Center for the Arts

Jazz pianist Ben Rosenblum

MANZANITA — Award-winning New York City jazz pianist and composer Ben Rosenblum will play material from his upcoming second album, “River City,” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. Admission is $10, cash only.

The concert also features rising jazz star and Bay Area native Kanoa Mendenhall on bass and highly regarded New York City drummer Ben Zweig.

Rosenblum was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. He has performed in bands led by Bobby Watson, Winard Harper, T.S. Monk, Curtis Lundy, Chris Washburne and other jazz luminaries.

The Manzanita performance is part of a two-week West Coast tour celebrating the new album.

Rosenblum’s passion for jazz, swing and world music finds expression in his fusion of harmonic and rhythmic elements from a wide array of sources, and gives rise to a sound and style at once iconoclastic and deeply rooted in such figures as Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly.

Rosenblum’s playing is always narrative — telling a compelling story with his music, reaching the hearts of his audience and connecting with them on an emotional, intellectual and spiritual level.

The Hoffman Center is located at 594 Laneda Ave.


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