Jon Blanck is a jazz saxophonist, pianist, composer / arranger, educator, and recording engineer. In addition to his 10-year career with the Verve Jazz Ensemble, Jon has played and recorded with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, The Step Kids, 5:30 Moon, The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, PBS, Charisma, The Durkins, Landau Orchestra, Jenn Durkin and 4toFunk, The Collin Brown Band, and the Jazz Stars Big Band. Jon has studied with Jazz legend Dave Liebman as well as such notable instructors as Dan Goble, Andrew Beals, Peter Tomlinson, Jack Tyrell, Tom Gibbons, Dave Santoro, Paul Bollenbeck and Ted Rosenthal. Jon has a BA in Jazz Performance from West Connecticut State University, and is endorsed by Applied Microphone Technology (AMT).
Tatum Greenblatt has recorded 3 albums with the Verve Jazz Ensemble since 2012, in addition to joining the VJE for numerous live performances. Tatum has established himself as one of the most in-demand trumpet players on New York City’s music scene. Named by Wynton Marsalis as one of his favorite “up-and-coming trumpet players,” Greenblatt has performed with Marsalis, as well as with Joe Lovano, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Mingus Legacy Bands, Maria Schneider, India.Arie, George Gruntz, Donny McCaslin, David Berger, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Jeremy Pelt, Sara Gazarek, Reggie Workman, George Garzone and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, among many others. Having earned his Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School, Tatum can be heard performing all over the world with The Richard Bona Group, and frequently around New York City with The Mingus Big Band, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, the Fat Cat Big Band, and the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra.
Pianist Steve Einerson has recorded two albums with the Verve Jazz Ensemble. Steve was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. While in high school, he developed an interest in jazz and began to study jazz piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music under the direction of then-Milwaukee-resident David Hazeltine. After earning his college degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1996, he freelanced in the Milwaukee, WI / Chicago, IL area until relocating to New York City in 2004. Steve has performed at venues and jazz festivals across the country and around the world. He has had the great privilege of sharing the stage with many superb musicians over the years, including Marlena Shaw, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Brian Lynch, Killer Ray Appleton, Slide Hampton, and many more.
Bassist Elias Bailey has been playing professionally since the age of 15, and has recorded two albums with the Verve Jazz Ensemble. By the time he had graduated high school, Elias had received numerous national awards including a level one scholarship from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. By the time he was 18 he had already performed with many well-known artists including Larry Willis, Derek Gardner, Nathan Page, Jason Marsalis, Steve Wilson, and Sam Newsome among others. At age 19, Elias joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra conducted by Buddy Morrow and performed at prestigious venues in the United State, Europe, and the Caribbean. While he was with the Dorsey Orchestra he performed with Lynn Roberts, the Four Lads, the Mills Brothers, and Arthur Duncan. In addition to working with the Verve Jazz Ensemble, Elias is constantly on tour around the world with Freddie Cole’s quartet, as well as with Max Jazz recording artist Rene Marie. With Rene he has performed at the many world-renowned clubs and festivals including the Blue Note in New York City and Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. He has studied bass with Milt Hinton, Todd Coolman, John Clayton, and Jeff Bradetich.
Verve Jazz Ensemble leader Josh Feldstein has been a jazz drummer for more than 30 years. A native New Yorker who grew up on the music of the NYC jazz scene, Josh received his undergraduate degree from Queens College, CUNY. Josh, who formed the VJE in 2006, has performed in groups ranging from jazz trios to big bands, is also a composer and arranger. Josh has studied with drum legends John Riley, Joe Morello, and DC icon Walter Salb. “Perimeter” is Josh Feldstein’s 3rd album with the Verve Jazz Ensemble.