Jay Rosen

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 Campell, Sonny Simmons, Howard Johnson, Dom Minasi, Dominic Duval, Joe McPhee, Matt Shipp, and Charles Gayle, among many others.

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    My first European tour back in 1995. I was fortunate to be playing with older, more experienced musicians than myself. But after a week of playing every night, my playing started to get to the next level. By the end of the third week I was smokin along with the rest of the cats..........It helps to be pushed and encouraged to play at a higher level than you thought possible!
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    ALL Art!
  • Why do you choose Vic Firth?

    The 5A's have the versatility I need. They're fast, but solid enough to crack fat back beats with!