​Educated at Ithaca College, Yale University and University of North Texas, tubist, composer, improvisor JAY ROZEN has had a diverse career. From 1978-1980, he was tubist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. 


During his "Texas years" (1984-1999), Rozen played and recorded with the Creative Opportunity Orchestra (jazz ensemble), The Capital of Texas Brass Quintet, the Austin Klezmorim and the European Tuba Quartet.  

Since moving to New York in 1999, Jay has performed with many ensembles, including the American Symphony Orchestra, the SEM Ensemble, the LOW FREQUENCY TUBA BAND and UNDERGROUND BRASS. He has performed with jazz greats Anthony Braxton, Ray Anderson, Burton Greene, Perry Robinson, Wadada Leo Smith, Hamiett Bluiett and Charli Persip. Rozen can be heard on several of Braxton’s more recent recordings, including the ground-breaking 9 CD/1 DVD set, 9 Compositions.

A champion of new music, Rozen has had works written for him by Virgil Thomson, David Lang and novelist/composer Anthony Burgess, among others. Jay appears on many recordings, including his own Killer Tuba Songs and David Lang's Are You Experienced? on which he plays the electric tuba. His second solo CD-Naked Singularity: Killer Tuba Songs Vol. 2, was released in 2015 and John White Music for Tubas: Killer Tuba Songs Vol. 3: was released in 2016.

Jay and Anthony
Braxton Band @ Iridium, NYC
@ Sardinia w/ Braxton
with old paper tuba

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