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 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. After many years, at the prompting of VJE fans, the band recorded its first album in 2012, aptly titled “It’s About Time,” which hit #5 on the national JazzWeek radio charts in 2013. As an encore, in 2014, Josh guided the band through the recoding of its second album, “East End Sojourn,” with famed guest guitarist Peter Bernstein joining the studio date. The album achieved significant status with jazz radio, the VJE reaching #8 on the national JazzWeek charts. The Verve Jazz Ensemble’s third album, “Perimeter,” was released in 2016. Its newest album, “Swing-A-Nova,” which spotlights Josh and the VJE rhythm section, was released in 2017. Josh Feldstein was born in Manhattan, and received his BA degree from Queens College, City University of New York.
Tatum Greenblatt has recorded 4 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,” Tatum Greenblatt has performed with Marsalis, 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. Tatum has a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School where he attended on a full scholarship, and has toured with The Richard Bona Group in more than 50 countries, The Mingus Big Band, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, the Fat Cat Big Band, and the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra. In additional to his extensive playing, recording, and touring career, Tatum is on faculty at the Julliard School and Rutgers University.
Jon Blanck is a jazz saxophonist, pianist, composer / arranger, and educator, and has a deep, 11-year career with Josh Feldstein and 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, and 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, is also a recording engineer, and is endorsed by Applied Microphone Technology (AMT).
Pianist Steve Einerson has recorded 3 albums with the Verve Jazz Ensemble since 2014. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, while in high school, Steve 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 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 shared 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 3 albums with the Verve Jazz Ensemble. By the time he graduated from high school, Elias had received numerous national awards including a level one scholarship from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. By 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 many 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 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 almost constantly on tour around the world with the legendary Freddie Cole quartet, as well as with Max Jazz recording artist Rene Marie. With Rene, Elias 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. Elias Baily has studied bass with jazz legend Milt Hinton, Todd Coolman, John Clayton, and Jeff Bradetich.