Described by Thom Jurek of All Music Guide as a “composer and musician of vast ability”, tenor/soprano saxophonoist Michael Rosen is native of Ithaca, New York. He studied sax privately with classical guru Steve Mauk at Ithaca College, and, while still in High School, won various jazz awards as a youth, being named Outstanding Soloist by the New York State Association of Jazz Educators.
Later, at Berklee College of Music he studied with jazz luminaries George Garzone, Gary Burton and many others, graduating Magna Cum Laude in ’87. Following an Italian and Swiss tour in 1987, he settled in Europe, where he has been highly successful as a live and studio musician, composer, lyricist, songwriter and educator, currently residing in Rome and London.
Rosen has performed at Jazz, Blues and Rock festivals and clubs in 23 European Countries, as well as in Brasil, Israel and Argentina, and the U.S.A. with his own groups, as a La Scala Orchestra Soloist and as guest soloist with an impressive array of artists, including Sarah Jane Morris, Mike Stern, Pentangle, Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Peter Bernstein, Delmar Brown, Antonio Faraò, Dado Moroni, Enrico Rava, Carl Anderson, Mina, Adriano Celentano and countless others.
He has played at London Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, Villa Celimontana, Rome Summer Jazzfest, Veneto Jazz, Lugano Estival Jazz, Hay Festival (Wales), Rome-Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Ravello Festival, Zara Jazz and Blues Festival and scores of others, as well as London’s Ronnie Scott’s and606, the Bluenote in Milan, Sunside in Paris, Rome’s Alexanderplatz and Casa Del Jazz, and New York’s Smalls and Nublu.
Rosen has appeared as guest soloist on approximately 200 cd’s, by Italian, British and American Artists. His saxophone solos were featured on the soundtrack for the ISO dance group’s 1991 performances in Tokyo and at theRockafeller Center in New York City, by famed composer Ludovico Einaudi. He has also seen published 9cd soloist, the most recent of which, “Sweet 17”, recorded in New York, was released in December, 2015, with Bill Stewart on drums, Lage Lund on guitar, Matt Penman on bass and Ralph Alessi on trumpet. “Sweet 17” was included in the Jazzit Awards List ofGreatest Jazz Albums of 2015.
Rosen has been voted three times in the top 10 in Jazzit Magazine Reader’s Poll for best worldwide soprano saxophonist, placing 4th in 2011 after Dave Leibman, Wayne Shorter and Branford Marsalis. Additionally, he is in great demand as a lyricist, composing song lyrics in English for a number of published Italian Vocalists.