BiOGRAPHY/ BIOGRAFIA

Jose Rosa
Professional Percussionist, Producer, Author and Educator

 Born and raised in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Jose has been performing on percussion instruments since he was five years old. At age 11, he started formal music lessons with Professor Jose "Tito” Rivera at the Escuela Libre De Música de Humacao. At 12 years of age, Jose started performing with Humacao Symphonic Band under the direction of Professor German Peña Plaza. With the Humacao Symphonic Band, Jose traveled to Venezuela, New York, Costa Rica, Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic. At age 14, Jose received formal percussion lessons from Professor Jose "Pepe" Torres at the Escuela Libre de Música de Caguas.  Under Torres direction, Jose performed with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Puerto Rico State Band and also with a variety of local bands.  By the age of 17, Jose was accepted into the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music where he studied percussion with Professor Jose Alicea. Under Alicea's direction, Jose played for the America youth symphony orchestra based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  In 1994, Jose moved to Miami, where he attended the University of Miami and Florida International University


       Through the course of his life, Jose has had the opportunity to perform along  renown artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente,  Marcos Barrientos, Gerson Kelly, Martin Valverde, Danilo Montero,  Mike Orta, Bobby Cruz Jose "Papo" Rivera, “Steel Pan virtuoso” Liam Teague, and man others... He had also performed at the Disney’s Animal Kingdom “Tarzan Rocks”, and “The Village Beatniks” shows, at the Universal Studios Florida “The I Love Lucy tribute show!” and many others. Jose currently resides in San Jose, Costa Rica where he performs, does recordings and also teaches percussion on a regular basis on his new Talent Development School: "JRV School of Talent Education" where he prepares artists to become the next sensation on the industry. He also runs a  program called: Contemporary Drums and Percussion Seminar", which is a Drummers Collective Type school in Latin America. In as little as  2 years you can graduate with a certificate and be ready to work in the business.  


He also leads his own percussion group called “Insolencia Rumbera”, his latin jazz band "Jose Rosa and Friends" his latest album “Live From the legendary Blue Wisp Jazz club".  In addition, he can also be heard and seen in many radio ads and TV programs like syndicated PBS program “Jazz Then and Now” and also on the Travel channel in the program "The making of Disney's Animal Kingdom".


He has also co-written several instructional books some of the titles are: Award-winning: "Beyond  The Secret Hand / Mas Allá de la Mano Secreta", “The Contemporary Hand  Drummer” and “The Art of Latin Drumming” published and distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation, the latter nominated for the 2013 Modern Drummer Readers Poll.  His latest Instructional Videos: “The Contemporary Hand  Drummer” and coming soon "The Art of Latin Drumming".   


 Jose is an active member of the American Federation of Musicians (Local 389), Percussive Arts Society, ASCAP, MENC, International Associations of Jazz Educators, International Association of Music Educators, Christian Educators Association International.


 Jose endorses Canopus Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Pro-Mark Drum Sticks and Mallets, Duallist Bass Drum Pedals, Pintech Electronic Percussion, Lento Drum Gloves, Cymbag, Phat Foot accessories, Cympad, Offworld Practice Pads and Remo Drum Heads.




Biografia en Español

 

Nacido y criado en Humacao, Puerto Rico,  José comenzó a tocar los instrumentos de percusión desde la edad de cinco años.  A los 13 años, José fue miembro de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, la banda del estado de Puerto Rico y también de una variedad de bandas locales. A la edad de 17 años, José fue aceptado en el Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, donde él estudió la percusión bajo la tutela del profesor José Alicea. Bajo la dirección de Alicea, José fue miembro de la Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de las Américas basada en San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

 En el transcurso de su carrera, José ha tenido la oportunidad de trabajar con artistas de la talla de Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Marcos Barrientos, Gerson Kelly, Danilo Montero, Martin Valverde, Mike Orta, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Liam Teague, entre otros.  José también ha tenido la oportunidad de  participar en Shows como “Tarzan Rocks” y “Los Village Beatniks” ambos shows de la compañía Disney. En los “Estudios Universales de la Florida”, José fue parte del elenco de la serie: “I Love Lucy Tribute”.  

 

José actualmente reside  en San Jose, Costa Rica donde él hace grabaciones, enseña percusión regularmente en su escuela: "JRV School of Talent Education" y su programa "Contemporary Drums and Percussion Seminar".  José también dirige a sus propios grupos llamados: “Insolencia Rumbera”, su Banda de Jazz Latino: “José Rosa y Friends" y también una Banda de jazz latinoamericana llamada: "Tinya". Además, él puede también ser visto y escuchado en muchos anuncios de radio y de TV; como el programa distribuido para el canal estadounidense “Public Broadcasting Service” (PBS) titulado: “Jazz, Entonces y Ahora”. También puede ser visto en la serie llamada: “La Fabricación de Disney’s Animal Kingdom” de el “Travelers Channel” en los Estados Unidos.  Él también ha co-escrito varios libros educacionales y  algunos de los títulos son: "The Book of Contemporary Conga Techniques" (Ganador de varios premios de excelencia musical) , "Beyond The Secret Hand/ Más allá de la Mano Secreta",  “The Contemporary Hand Drummer” , “The Art of Latin Drumming ” (Nominado para el Modern Drummer Reders poll 2013) publicados y distribuidos por Hal Leonard Corporation, El DVD: “The Contemporary Hand Drummer" Vol.1, “El Baterísta Contemporáneo Latino menos uno" , "The Contemporary Latinamerican Percussionist” entre muchos otros…  

 

Jose endosa Canopus Drums,  Paiste Cymbals,  Duallist Bass Drum Pedals, Cymbag, Pro-mark Drum Sticks and Mallets, Pintech Electronic Percussion, Lento Drum Gloves, Phat Foot Accessories, Offworld Practice Pads and Remo Drum Heads.