Award-winning New York City jazz pianist and composer Ben Rosenblum will plays a pair of concerts at the Oregon Coast this Father’s Day Weekend, with performances in Manzanita and Lincoln City.

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.

His second album, “River City,” was called “richly romantic” and “well-realized” by JAZZIZ Magazine, which featured the title track as part of its Fall 2018 CD.

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.

The Ben Rosenblum Trio will play on Friday, June 14, at Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue. The concert starts at 7 pm with admission $15 in cash at the door.

The trio will be back in action on Saturday, June 15, with a 7 pm performance at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. Tickets, $18, are available at www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.

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