An emerging star in the jazz world, pianist Ben Rosenblum has been accused of possessing the “hands of a diamond cutter” and “caressing [music] with the reverence it merits.” High praise for an artist still in his early 20s, but Rosenblum has a long history with music—and jazz in particular. Born and raised in New York City, and a graduate of the Juilliard School, he received numerous awards for his compositions and musicianship before he was even out of his teens. Rosenblum’s current trio includes Monterey-raised Bay Area star Kanoa Mendenhall on bass and New York City’s Ben Zweig on drums.
INFO: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $25/door. 427-2227. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.