Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen

Musicians | Instrument: Piano | Location: Boston

Rosen's compositions are considerably sophisticated... throughout this mix of alternately melodic and more tonally abstruse jazz, there’s a sensibility ranging from sly and funny to warmly, indelibly tuneful... absolutely gorgeous.

—Lucid Culture

Updated: March 25, 2024

Josh Rosen has performed/recorded with jazz greats Joe Lovano, Mick Goodrick, George Garzone, Greg Hopkins, Bob Moses, Stan Strickland, Phil Grenadier, John Lockwood, Dennis Irwin, Steve Slagle, Bennie Wallace, George Schuller, The Either/Orchestra and Ethiopian master musicians Mulatu Astake and Mahmoud Ahmed, among many others.

A pianist and prolific composer, Rosen has released 5 albums, with several projects currently in production. Released to wide acclaim, “American Waltz”, featured masters George Garzone and Mick Goodrick. Collaborating with multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Stan Strickland, Rosen produced the creative and intimate album ”Instinct". 2016 saw the release of another duo project, “Brothers”, with Ralph Rosen on harmonica and drums. In addition to keyboards, Josh played bass and guitar.

Fall 2017 marked the release of Rosen’s Jazz Chamber project “Sparks”, featuring cellist Eugene Friesen, Strickland and drummer Mark Walker. The CD was honored to be included in the Grammy nomination list. The most recent is CD is another duo project: “The Music of Paul Motian and…” with legendary avant-garde bassist John Voigt.

Rosen is active in numerous other bands: the Quartet with Strickland, the Trio with Bob Moses; the cutting edge jazz collective, "The Outnumbered”; the electric improvisational group “Adventures in Sound”, featuring guitar maverick David Tronzo; and a funky improvisational stew called “The Melting Pot”, which blends mind blowing vocals, sax/guitar jams, and psychedelic keyboards to create a new free form dance concert.

Rosen is Professor of Piano and Ensembles at Berklee College of Music, now in his 23rd year. An international clinician with a Masters Degree from New England Conservatory, Rosen studied with pianist Fred Hersch, and composers William Thomas McKinley and Robert Cogan. He has composed music and sound design for numerous film and media projects.


"sets new limits for contemporary jazz" - Jazz Times "Rosen's eloquent piano...elegant feel" - Hartford Courant "Rosen's compositions are considerably sophisticated...throughout this mix of alternately melodic and more tonally abstruse jazz, there’s a sensibility ranging from sly and funny to warmly, indelibly tuneful...absolutely gorgeous " - Lucid Culture "American Waltz" is sumptuous…Each track is a miniature encapsulation of its innovation, an inspired journey into the known and the unexpected...A deep rooted beauty takes hold from the first piano note…It is all so beautifully crafted and bewitching…a delirious welter of ideas…sizzling rhythm…seamless and stimulating The band is comfortable in any zone it chooses to carve

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Sunset With Susan

From: The Music of Paul Motian
By Josh Rosen