Jay Rosen was born in 1961 in Philadelphia. His family moved to Long Island, N.Y. in 1964. Jay's musical interest took shape from recorded music that was played around the house as well as two aunts and a brother that were all musicians. Musical vibrations affected Jay in deep, profound ways. Jay began music lessons at age eight on guitar and then piano. However, after seeing (and hearing) Tony Williams (with Sonny Rollins) at Carnegie Hall in 1971, Jay switched to the drums exclusively.
Upon hearing Charlie Parker and John Coltrane at the age of 13, Jay decided to pursue jazz as a serious course of study. Jay has studied with Barry Altschul, Kenwood Dennard, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, and Joe Morello among others. Jay has been an active member of the New York jazz scene since 1990. Since then he has been deeply involved in the creative improvised and new music scenes in New York City and beyond.
Jay Rosen has earned a considerable reputation as a first-rate drummer, lending his talents to diverse musical projects. He has performed throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. and/or recorded with
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Charles Gayle among many others
June 09, 2009
Trio X with Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval and Jay Rosen at Vision Festival
September 26, 2008
Trio X: Joe McPhee, Jay Rosen and Dominic Duval Tenth Year Celebration
February 22, 2008
Trio X: Joe McPhee, Jay Rosen and Dominic Duval Tenth Year Celebration!
October 22, 2007
Drummer Jay Rosen Plays Record Release Solo Concert
January 19, 2007
Trio X: Joe McPhee/Dominic Duval/Jay Rosen 1/19/07 @ Clemente Soto Velez
September 24, 2006
Trio X European Tour 2006: 10/25 - 11/07 - Joe Mcphee, Jay Rosen and...
January 18, 2006
Trio X: Joe McPhee with Dominic Duval and Jay Rosen
July 06, 2005
Bob Nell w. Jay Rosen & Michael Bisio @ An Die Musik Baltimore - sat...
December 06, 2000
IVO PERELMAN, TENOR SAXOPHONIST AND UNBRIDLED IMPROVISER, RELEASES TWO...
"Rosen is one of the most accomplished drummers around and his
musical acumen is second to none" —All About Jazz(1/06)
"Rosen is an intuitive drummer who adapts his large talent to the moment" —One Final Note (2002)
"Jay Rosen is a drummer's drummer" —All Music Guide (2001)
"Jay Rosen is a critical fixture in creative music" —One Final Note (2001)
"Rosen supports with masterful cymbal work" —Cadence (10/97)
"Rosen has remarkable ears and those who have the opportunity and observe him are
inevitably impressed by the appropriateness, intuitiveness, and musicality of his work" —Cadence (6/98)