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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

Connect the Dots

Label: LightGroove Media
Released: 2018
Track listing: Bistro; Tangerine; Connect the Dots; Disk Jockey Jump; Autumn Left; Little Karin; On the Run; Ceora; Intermission Riff; Love for Sale; My Shining Hour; Jumping on the Couch; Lil Darlin'

NEWS: RECORDING

Verve Jazz Ensemble Showcases Jubilant Group Sound On Its 5th Album, "Connect The Dots," Out July 20

Verve Jazz Ensemble Showcases Jubilant Group Sound On Its 5th Album, "Connect The Dots," Out July 20

Always highly polished, the Verve Jazz Ensemble’s timeless straight-ahead jazz reaches for exuberance as well on LightGroove Media’s July 20 release Connect the Dots. The fifth album by the VJE, a modular New York-based ensemble led by drummer Josh Feldstein, features upbeat performances of band originals, standards, and lesser-known works by classic jazz composers—each characterized by ...

Josh Feldstein

Verve Jazz Ensemble leader Josh Feldstein has been a jazz drummer for more than 30 years. The VJE's 5th album, "Connect The Dots," to be released in July 2018, features Josh Feldstein on drums supported by an expanded VJE septet and a front line of horns including trumpet, tenor, alto / flute, and trombone. A native New Yorker who grew up on the NYC jazz scene, Josh has studied with drum legends John Riley and Joe Morello. Josh formed the VJE in 2006 as a local jazz group in the Danbury, CT area. The straight-ahead jazz group – which paid homage to the legendary music of the famed Verve record label – soon took off with a large local following

East End Sojourn

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Sister Sadie; Jitterbug Waltz; You And The Night And The Music; My One And Only Love; Flor De Lis; East End Avenue; Corner Pocket; Strollin' Meets Cute; Dill Dally Doodle.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Verve Jazz Ensemble: East End Sojourn

Read "East End Sojourn" reviewed by Edward Blanco

In April of 2013, the Verve Jazz Ensemble released their first album It's About Time (CD Baby, 2012) to rave reviews from critics and jazz lovers everywhere. Exactly one year later, the group follows up on their amazing debut by unveiling East End Sojourn, an exciting second effort featuring new creative arrangements, more reimagined standards, a ...

It's About Time

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: Lady Bird; Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; Big Swing Face; Boplicity; The Days of Wine and Roses; Jordu; Lady Bird (alternate take); Softly as in a Morning Sunrise (alternate take); Big Swing Face (alternate take).

NEWS: CONTEST

Enter "The Verve Jazz Ensemble - It's About Time" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

Enter "The Verve Jazz Ensemble - It's About Time" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

All About Jazz members are invited to enter “The Verve Jazz Ensemble - It's About Time“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on July 8th. Click here to enter the contest (Becoming a fan of The Verve Jazz Ensemble at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.) Good ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Verve Jazz Ensemble Takes It International With Japanese Website

Verve Jazz Ensemble Takes It International With Japanese Website

It's About Time may be the Verve Jazz Ensemble's debut album, but the reception that these five players have received since its March release is as impressive as that awarded to the most seasoned jazz groups. Within weeks of being released on radio, It’s About Time soared to the #5 position on the national JazzWeek chart, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Verve Jazz Ensemble: It's About Time

Read "It's About Time" reviewed by Edward Blanco

In 2006 drummer Josh Feldstein established the Verve Jazz Ensemble, a contemporary jazz group playing standards and straight ahead material in the finest venues throughout the Connecticut area without having an album to their credit until this appropriately-titled recording debut It's About Time. On tap are an array of jazz standards featuring new arrangements and dynamic ...


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