Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Jon Blanck, Tenor Sax: A member of the VJE since its founding, tenor saxophonist, arranger, and educator Jon Blanck features a powerful yet uniquely sensitive sax sound that has already propelled him to a vast and accomplished recording and playing career in jazz and funk. Jon has played with such world- class performers as #1 smooth jazz artist Funkee Boy, P-Funk, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and many others. He has written arrangements for artists such as Joan Jett, Joe Perry, and Tye Tribbett in collaboration with the Apollo Theater. Jon has studied with jazz great and legend Dave Liebman, as well as such renowned players and educators as Andrew Beals, Dr. Dan Goble, Dave Santoro, Paul Bollenbeck, and Ted Rosenthal.
Josh Feldstein, Drums: Verve Jazz Ensemble drummer, leader, and arranger Josh Feldstein has played on the East Coast for the past 20 years, from big bands to trios. A native New Yorker who grew up on the live music of the NY jazz scene— feeding on Jo Jones, Buddy Rich, Jack DeJohnette, Elvin Jones, and many other jazz drumming masters—Josh begin playing drums at age 11. He has studied with drum legend Joe Morello and DC-area drum icon Walter Salb, and has been influenced most notably by Mr. Morello, Peter Erksine, and Max Roach. Josh exemplifies a swinging, elegant drumming style rooted in crisp, articulate musicality.
Tatum Greenblatt, Trumpet: Educated in Seattle’s Garfield jazz program, New York’s New School and Juilliard, Tatum Greenblatt is a virtuoso in his own right and has adroitly incorporated his primary influences—Wynton Marsalis, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and, most audibly, Freddie Hubbard. Tatum has already released three albums as a leader, and is one of the jazz scene’s rising trumpet stars. It’s About Time is Tatum’s first Verve Jazz Ensemble project.
Matt: Oestreicher, Piano: Matt Oestreicher arranges and plays for the acclaimed Apollo Theater Amateur Night Band, and is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, educator, and writer who loves jazz passionately. Matt has performed / worked with musical legend Stevie Wonder, Cee-Lo Green, Will i Am, Ray Chew, Jon Bon Jovi, Ben E. King, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Bettye LaVette, Jennifer Holliday, Onree Gill, and many others. Matt has also toured extensively with Chester French opening for Lady Gaga, Blink 182, Weezer, Q-Tip, and numerous other groups. It’s About Time is Matt’s first Verve Jazz Ensemble project.
— All About Jazz
Here’s a bunch of young lions that have put in their time and are now serving up totally awesome results. They aren’t in the tradition, they are right in the pocket. Showing how retro can be a very good thing when you can’t improve on perfection, this sounds like those Jai & Kai dates you found cleaning out your grandparents basement that had you wondering how they were once so hip and you never knew it. Smoking, contemporary mainstream jazz that is just so right you almost won’t be able to stand it—in a good way. Hot stuff that really delivers.
— Midwest Record
Love [It's About Time] more each time I hear this. Well chosen material and very talented players. Everyone should be able to play this CD.
—Jack Hoope, WWNO New Orleans