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Jay Rosen

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
Mark Whitecage
Perry Robinson
Paul Smoker
Herb Robertson
James Carter
Anthony Braxton
Dave Taylor
Michael Marcus
Jaco Pastorius
Ivo Perelman
Steve Swell
Kenny Werner
Michael Bisio
William Parker
Roy Campbell
Sonny Simmons
Howard Johnson
Mike Stern
Dominic Duval
Joe McPhee
Matt Shipp
Charles Gayle among many others


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"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)

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Keep The Dream Up

Fundacja Słuchaj!


Blue Reality Quartet!

Mahakala Music


Luminous Arcs

Latham Records


Songs for Samuel

CIMP Records



Leo Records



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