Stuart Rosh (born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a songwriter and singer who lives in San Francisco. Over the years he’s lived in Italy, Israel and throughout the US. The child of Polish/Ukrainian immigrants and Holocaust survivors, Stuart grew up listening to and performing Yiddish (his first language), Russian and religious music. From the age of three until about twelve, he was obsessed with top 40 pop. Then he heard Muddy Waters and Miles Davis, and his taste moved from pop into the world of jazz, blues, and cabaret.
A former geophysics professor, Stuart Rosh put out three CDs this past decade, one solo and two with his band, The Geniuses. The first two, Accept No Imitations (2004) and Hummingbirds in Fight (2005), had a rootsy style heavily influenced by Hank Williams and Muddy Waters. The third, American Vernacular (2007) was an eclectic blend of what Stuart calls American Mutt Music, containing cabaret, blues, jazz and rock tunes. His albums have received critical praise in a wide number of indy oriented publications such as Indie-Music.com, ObscureSound.com, FreightTrainBoogie.com as well as a “Critic’s Pick” from the Cincinnati CityBeat and a “Choice Cut” award from the Village Voice.
Stuart Rosh and The Geniuses’ next album is a blend of original cabaret, jazz, swing and blues tunes entitled Fundamental (2009). “There are so many styles within the American Songbook that I love and write in, but for some reason the stuff from ‘before there was Elvis’ is where I feel most at home,” says Stuart.
West Coast Songwriters, Song of the Year, Jazz, 2008; Global Rhythm Magazine,
Song of the Month,
October 2008; West Coast Songwriters, Song of the Year, Humor, 2007; Indie-
Music.com, Best of 2007
Walter Kolosky, Jazz.com: It took about 10 seconds to realize that Rosh is a
talented lyricist. Each fun
tale is told in a succinct and entertaining flow. This is all about showmanship
- a concept many times
forgotten these days. I don't see how it is possible to not like this CD
Global Rhythm Magazine: Performed with freshness, humor and verve. So
vivid that you can almost hear the late-night clink of ice cubes.
Paul Freeman, Bay Area News Group: With Rosh's canny vocals and clever
lyrics, backed by impressive instrumentation, "Fundamental" is fabulously
Chris Handyside, Real Detroit Weekly: This guy has mega-chops: a beguiling
by lyrics that recall Cohen and Zevon.