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Jay Rosen

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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
Mike Stern
Dominic Duval
Joe McPhee
Matt Shipp
Charles Gayle among many others

Firehouse 12 Performances

Magic Friday, October 31, 2008, 10:00p
Joe McPhee and TrioX Saturday, April 29, 2006, 10:00p

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