Michael Rosen



Born in 1963, in Ithaca, New York,  Michael began the study of piano at age seven.   At eleven, he began taking private saxophone lessons as well, with Ithaca College professor Steven Mauk.  In High School, Michael won various awards, including a scholarship, as "outstanding soloist" at a New York State High School jazz band competition, to study with Dave Leibman and Rich Beirach, at Bard College.  Michael opted for Cornell University, but transferred a year later to Berklee School of Music, where he studied on scholarship with George Garzone, Bill Peirce and Gary Burton, among others, and graduated Magna Cum Laude after 5 semesters.  During his stay in Boston he performed frequently in the local clubs with various musicians including pianists Danilo Perez  and Bruce Bartz.

Michael left Boston almost immediately after graduation in 1987 to do a short tour in Italy with keyboardist Delmar Brown, and performed that summer at the "Lugano Festival Jazz" in Switzerland.  He subsequently settled in Italy, where he has been highly successful as both a live and studio musician.

During his tenure on the southern european music scene, Michael has played at several  major jazz festivals and has performed and/or recorded with virtually all of Italy's and Switzerland's most important jazz artists, including ECM recording artists Enrico Rava and Franco D'Andrea,  and Swiss trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti, to name just a few. He has also played with more than a few well-known American musicians, such as Jim Hall,  Carl Anderson, Tommy Cambpell, Peter Erskine, (who provided a quote on the jacket of Michael's cd "Elusive Creatures"), and Mike Stern  and Kenny Wheeler, both of whom personally invited Michael to sit in on their own  concerts after having heard him play on earlier occasions.  He has been guest jazz soloist at several performances by various musicians from the world-renowned La Scala Orchestra, and has toured extensively in Northern Europe, performed in major concert halls such as the "Zenith" in Paris, and the "Olympiahalle" in Munich, played in professional soccer stadiums in both Italy and Argentina, and  appeared on national television in Switzerland, Sweden, France, Germany and Italy. After a four year stint as lead soloist in the big band for one of Italy's most popular TV shows, Michael recently freed himself up in order to concentrate on his solo career.  He is currently playing numerous engagements in concert halls and jazz clubs, both in Europe and, when visiting, in New York City, where he retains numerous contacts.As a studio musician, Michael has recorded solos on approximately seventy albums/cd's of every conceivable genre and for a vast array of Italy's most widely known singers, including Mina, Adriano Celentano and Renato Zero.  He shares album credits with such musicians as Tom Brechtlein, Steve Ferrone, Enrico Rava, Oscar Cartaya and Bo Diddley.  In addition, his saxophone solos were featured on the soundtrack for the ISO dance group's 1991 performances in Tokyo and at the Rockefeller Center  in New York City.

Michael's first solo album, "Elusive Creatures", on Splasch Records, was released in 1996, and with the exception of one standard, consists entirely of his own material.    The cd received excellent reviews in the Italian press, and also in the Canadian monthly Cadence .   His second cd, entitled "Sweet Lingering", was recorded in New York City in 1998 with an excellent group of New York based musicians, including percussionist Cyro Baptista and keyboardist Werner "Vana" Gierig (pianist for Regina Carter).   At this time Michael is preparing for the imminent release of his third cd, a live recording of a concert with his band in Southern Italy, as well as for an up-and-coming cd in the studio which will include Swiss trumpet wizard Franco Ambrosetti.

For More Info:    tel:  0039-02-33601270, 0039-339-4468338 (cell)
e-mail:  michael@rosenmusic.com
website:  www.rosenmusic.com

A review about the album "Sweet Lingering"at Starportrait.