Pianist and composer Josh Rosen “evokes a refreshingly relaxed openness...yet burns with the best.” (Performer Magazine). He has performed/recorded with jazz greats Mick Goodrick, George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Greg Hopkins, Bob Moses, Phil Grenadier, John Lockwood, Dennis Irwin, Steve Slagle, Bennie Wallace, George Schuller, The Either/Orchestra and Ethiopian master musicians Mulatu Astake and Mahmoud Amhed. Rosen has also performed/recorded with indo-jazz artist Mindia Devi Klein, the raga-rock band Bangalore and acclaimed singer-songwriters Bob Franke and Dean Stevens. Appearances include Ireland’s Festival of World Cultures (2009), New York City’s Lincoln Center Outdoors (2009), and a spring 2011 tour of Ethiopia.
Rosen is co-leader of 3play+, whose CD "American Waltz” was released in 2009 to wide acclaim:
"sets new limits for contemporary jazz" - Jazz Times
"a top pick for 2009!" - JazzReview.com
"eloquent piano...elegant feel" - Hartford Courant
"Rosen’s compositions are considerably sophisticated...there’s a sensibility ranging from sly and funny to warmly, indelibly tuneful...absolutely gorgeous." - Lucid Culture
Rosen is a member of Adventures in Sound, featuring guitarist Dave Tronzo; Stan Strickland's group Be Here Now; and is featured on electric keys with The Infinite Ensemble and his grooving new band, The Melting Pot.
Rosen is Professor of Piano, Improvisation and Jazz Ensembles at Berklee College of Music, now in his 17th year. An international clinician (Kunitachi College of Music, Japan), with a Masters Degree from New England Conservatory, he has studied with pianist Fred Hersch, and master composers William Thomas McKinley and Robert Cogan. Rosen has composed music and sound design for numerous films and other projects.
Woodwind specialist, vocalist and percussionist Stan Strickland has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, New Zealand and the former Soviet Union. Strickland's journeys include a tour of South Africa with The Village People. Performances have ranged from a world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival to a featured performance with Take Six and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. He has also performed at Jordan Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Town Hall (New York) and The Kennedy Center.
Strickland has appeared with jazz greats Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Danilo Perez, Shirley Scott and Marlena Shaw. He has opened for Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.
Strickland's playing has been featured on recordings by Bob Moses, Marty Ehrlich, Webster Lewis and Brute Force. Love & Beauty (Hawkline Records), Stan's vocal CD, features new arrangements of jazz classics as well as original material.
In addition, Strickland is an actor, and has appeared in leading roles in the Boston Art Group's production of Harlem Renaissance, Northeastern University's production of Crossing John, and as Dr. Sax in a production of Jon Lipsky's play about Jack Kerouac, Maggie's Riff, produced by the Vineyard Playhouse. His most celebrated performance is in the award winning one-man show: Coming Up for Air: An AutoJAZZography.
In the dance world, Stan has performed and collaborated with over a dozen choreographers, including Bill T. Jones and members of the Alvin Ailey and Jose Limon dance companies.
Strickland has a M.A. degree from Lesley College in Expressive Arts Therapy where he is an adjunct professor. He also teaches at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University and Longy School of Music.
Strickland is Co-Executive Director of Express Yourself, a multidisciplinary team of professional artists, working in partnership with adolescents in public mental health residential facilities to produce multimedia performances that celebrate the restorative powers of serious art making.