Daniel Rotem

A tenor saxophone player brought up in Israel, he received education at the Thelma Yellin High School and the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Tel Aviv. In 2011 he obtained a full scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music, and in 2013 – a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. His teachers in Boston included Bill Pierce, Hal Crook, George Garzone, and Alain Mallet. On graduating from Berklee College, Rotem became one of the seven musicians selected by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Burrell, and James Newton to join the two-year Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Masters’ Program Class 2016 at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. While studying there, Rotem performed, among others, at the White House, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, as well as at the Hollywood Bowl Playboy Jazz Festival with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. His debut album, Be Nice, came out in 2017, and was followed a year later by 2CD box Serenading the Future.

Rotem has performed on four continents with such musicians as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dave Liebman, Billy Childs, Stevie Wonder, Usher, India Arie, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. He is a Gottsu Mouthpieces Artist, and was an America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship holder (in 2010– 2012 and 2014–2016). Currently he teaches at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

Phot. Dario Griffin
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