Daniel Rotem Trio
|Photo by Rafael Sanchez|
Tenor saxophonist and composer Daniel Rotem, born 1990, performed at two international events—the IAJE Annual Conference in Toronto and the SAJE in Cape Town—by the time he graduated with honors from Israel’s Thelma Yellin High School Jazz Program in 2008.
During 2009-2010 Rotem studied at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Tel Aviv. While at Rimon, he had the privilege to meet and perform with saxophonist David Liebman. He was awarded first place in Rimon’s Outstanding Jazz Player Competition, the youngest student to reach the finals. As a result he represented Rimon at the 20th IASJ meeting in the Hague, where he had the opportunity to play in an ensemble headed by Reggie Workman.
While on summer break from Rimon, Rotem participated twice in the Siena Jazz Workshops, held in Siena, Italy. He had the opportunity to play and study with Lionel Loueke, George Garzone, Scott Colley, John Taylor, Michael Blake, Kenny Werner, Peter Bernstein, Eric Harland, Joel Frahm, and Jeremy Pelt.
Rotem relocated to Boston in May 2011 and began full-time studies on a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, towards a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. He has performed at different Berklee venues with numerous ensembles, including the Rainbow Big band led by Phil Wilson; the Concert Jazz Band led by Greg Hopkins (with which he performed in a concert featuring the great drummer Peter Erskine and at the JEN conference in Kentucky in January 2012); and as a featured guest at a joint performance of India Arie and Israeli composer-singer Idan Raichel (Rotem also played at concerts with the Idan Raichel Project in Israel in 2011). Other teachers he has studied and played with at Berklee include Bill Pierce, Hal Crook, George Garzone, Dave Santoro, Jim Odgren, Ed Tomassi, Tiger Okoshi, Shannon LeClaire, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
In March 2012 Rotem and his quartet recorded one of his original compositions, “Hill Workout," for Berklee’s Jazz Revelation release Ripple Effect. Considering music a force connecting people and cultures, Rotem also decided to serve as a peer advisor for new students and as a student ambassador representing Berklee.