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.