YOTAM ROSENBAUM
:: drummer ::

Born in 1976 in Jerusalem, Israel, Yotam Rosenbaum started playing music at the young age of six. He started with the piano, later moved on to playing the trumpet, and eventually the drums.

In 1999 Yotam graduated from Rimon School of Music Tel-Aviv, Israel majoring in drum performance. A year later he was granted a scholarship from the acclaimed Berklee College of Music and relocated to Boston, Massachusetts.

He performed and recorded with some of the world's best jazz musicians such as Joe Lovano and Dave Samuels to name a few. He performed all over the East Coast with several rock/pop/funk bands. Shortly after arriving to Boston, he joined the band 'I'm Thirsty', an original rock/pop band which performed local gigs.

In 2001 he established the Never Meeting Jazz Quartet. The group recorded a full length CD of original compositions and performed around Boston.

In 2002 Yotam was selected to be the drummer for a new musical production called 'Hot Star Nebraska', a Speakeasy Company production which performed 35 shows at the Boston Center for the Arts. The show received a large volume of reviews both on television and newspapers. During the same month Yotam took part in the prestigious 'Betty Carter Jazz Ahead' in Washington, DC. This ten-day music residency featured emerging outstanding composers/performers. At the end of the residency the composers performed their music on the Millennium stage at the Kennedy Center. The performances were broadcast live on the Internet.

Yotam performed and recorded with various singers/songwriters such as Sam Hooper, Sara Wheeler, Paul Hansen and Burt LaFountain, among others. In 2003-2004 he worked as an accompanist drummer for Berklee College of Music alongside singers such as Kudisan Kai (Elton John, Chaka Khan, Sting), Bob Stoloff (Bobby McFerrin) and Paul Pampinella (Vox one, Five O'Clock Shadow).

During 2004-2005 Yotam was the drummer for the band 'Fast Times'; an 80's cover band which performed over 120 gigs per year in clubs, venues, festivals and private parties. The band received reviews in the Boston Globe newspaper.

Also in 2004 Yotam composed two songs for a new play production in New York City: 'Five Boroughs of New York'.

In 2005 he produced and recorded a full length CD of his music with Grammy Award winner mallet player Dave Samuels (Pat Matheny, Spiro Gyra, Frank Zappa), violinist Mads Tolling (Stanley Clark), pianist Vadim Neselovskyi (Garry Burton) and bassist Mike Oien.

Nowadays Yotam lives in Los Angeles, California. He works as a freelance drummer and composer. He is available for gigs, tours, recordings and teaching.