Creator, Producer and Executive Producer
Larry Rosen: musician, producer, executive producer, and music industry entrepreneur. Mr. Rosen is the Chairman of Larry Rosen Productions, Inc., creator and producer of JAZZ ROOTS - A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, co-founder of GRP Records, and co-founder and past Chairman of N2K, Inc. (NASDAQ). Mr. Rosen is the creator and producer of the PBS television series LEGENDS OF JAZZ; the PBS TV special NEA JAZZ MASTERS; the GRAMMY nominated An EVENING WITH DAVE GRUSIN PBS TV special, and he is creator and producer of the multi-media TV series and education project RECORDING: the History of Recorded Music, with hosts Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone.
JAZZ ROOTS - A Larry Rosen Jazz Series is a concert and educational program created for performing arts centers across America. The JAZZ ROOTS series was first launched in 2008 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Subsequently, the series debuted in 2009 in Dallas at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, in 2011 at the Palladium Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, and in 2012 at The Smith Center in Las Vegas. Additional JAZZ ROOTS PACs to be announced across America for the 2012-2013 season. Artists presented include: Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Paquito D’Rivera, John McLaughlin, Patti Austin, Count Basie Orchestra, Ramsey Lewis, Michael Feinstein, Arturo Sandoval, Take 6, Dave Valentin, Nestor Torres, The Machito Orchestra, Eliane Elias, Ivan Lins, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Manhattan Transfer, Al Jarreau, Jon Hendricks, Dave Grusin, Al DiMeola, Jon Secada, Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Terence Blanchard, and many more. The JAZZ ROOTS series includes educational and outreach programs that organically connect to local community groups, art centers, Universities, and local boards of education. Mr. Rosen is the host of the award winning WLRN-FM locally presented NPR radio series titled JAZZ ROOTS. See www.jazzroots.net.
LEGENDS OF JAZZ: debuted in 2005 with a PBS TV one-hour prime time special, which was followed by the PBS 13 part LEGENDS OF JAZZ TV series, hosted by Ramsey Lewis, for which Mr. Rosen served as the Creator and Producer. See RECORDING: The History of Recorded Music: created and produced by Mr. Rosen and hosted by Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone is currently in production. This multi-dimensional 7 part HD TV and Education project tells the true story of the birth and growth of American popular music. Exclusive interviews include over 100 major music figures. See N2K, Inc. (NASDAQ), one of the Internet's premier e-commerce and content companies, was co-founded by Mr. Rosen in 1996. Mr. Rosen served as Chairman and CEO leading the company to its initial public offering in the fall of 1997. N2K, Inc. brands included music superstore Music Boulevard and its genre-based community sites Rocktropolis, Jazz Central Station, Classical Insites, and artist sites for Leonard Bernstein, Miles Davis, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, and more, all part of the Music Boulevard Network. The company was the first to distribute music via digital downloads and lead the way for music into the 21st Century. Mr. Rosen architected the plan to merge N2K Inc. and CDNow Inc., the two top Internet music e-commerce companies, completing the merger in March 1999 valuing the combined entity at over $500 million.
GRP Records, Inc. was founded by Mr. Rosen and multi-Grammy Award winning pianist/composer Dave Grusin in 1982. The Grusin/Rosen team recognized the inherent opportunities of digital technology early on at GRP, which became the first label to adopt an "all digital" recording philosophy and released all titles on compact disc. Under Rosen's leadership, GRP went on to become Billboard magazine's #1 contemporary jazz label worldwide for five consecutive years and its artists were nominated for over 80 Grammy Awards. GRP's artist roster included Chick Corea, Lee Ritenour, Diana Krall, Diane Schuur, Patti Austin, Dr. John, Dave Grusin, Spyro Gyra, The Rippingtons, David Benoit, Tom Scott, Gary Burton, B.B. King, Ramsey Lewis, Sergio Salvatore, Dave Valentin, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Larry Carlton, Yellowjackets, Don Grusin, Kevin Eubanks, GRP All-Star Big Band, and many more. In 1990, Rosen and Grusin sold GRP Records to the Universal Music Group. From 1990 until 1995, Rosen continued as president and CEO of GRP Records. Along with the presidents of Geffen Records and MCA Records, Rosen helped forge Universal's international business strategies.
Rosen began his musical career as a drummer with the Newport Youth Band and met future partner Dave Grusin while working with singer Andy Williams and attending the Manhattan School of Music. In 1972, the duo produced vocalist Jon Lucien for RCA Records and went on to form Grusin/Rosen productions, which discovered and produced new recording artists including Earl Klugh, Noel Pointer, Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, and others. In 1978, Grusin/Rosen Productions signed a long-term contract with Arista Records president Clive Davis to develop new talent for the Arista/GRP label, including Dave Valentin, Angela Bofill, Bernard Wright, and Tom Browne. In 1979, Rosen engineered and co-produced the Dave Grusin album "Mountain Dance," the first digitally recorded non-classical album.
Mr. Rosen is the producer/executive producer of over 350 CDs, DVDs, and numerous Television programs. Mr. Rosen received Ernst & Young's prestigious "Entrepreneur of the Year" award in New Media & Entertainment; Forbes magazine named Rosen an "Internet Icon" in the cover story entitled "Masters of the New Universe." Mr. Rosen served as a member of The Board of Governors of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and served on The Grammy Screening Committee. He received the NARAS Governor's Award and was inducted into the A&R/Producers Honor Roll. Mr. Rosen serves on the boards of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), the Music for Youth Foundation (MYF), the Music Educators National Council (MENC), UM Frost School of Music Deans Committee, and along with Mr. Grusin, Mr. Rosen co-founded the National Foundation for Jazz Education (NFJE), a philanthropic group which helps young jazz musicians.
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