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“River City” tunes flow into Manzanita

Published on June 5, 2018 11:26AM

Award-winning New York City jazz pianist and composer Ben Rosenblum will play material from his upcoming album “River City” at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts on Tuesday, June 12.

Described as an “impressive talent” by All About Jazz, Rosenblum 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 performed in bands led by Bobby Watson, Winard Harper, TS Monk, Curtis Lundy, Chris Washburne and many other jazz luminaries.

Rosenblum’s original music and arrangements combine his extensive foundation in straight-ahead jazz with his 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, giving rise to a signature compositional sound and style at once iconoclastic and deeply rooted in such figures as Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly. His first priority in both composition and playing is always narrative — to tell a compelling story with his music, reaching the hearts of his audience and connecting with them on an emotional, intellectual and spiritual level.

Tuesday’s concert will begin at 7 pm at 594 Laneda Avenue.

Admission is $10 cash at the door.

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