BIOGRAPHY

I recently had the opportunity to observe Javier Rosario teach a guitar lesson to a student in our program at the University of North Carolina.  I was thoroughly impressed with how Javier was able to quickly assess and determine the student's musical background, ability, and skill level, and how he was able to immediately adjust his instruction during the lesson based on the student's needs.  Javier has excellent communication skills.  He made the student feel right at home and open to receive instruction from him.  It was interesting to observe how much the student progressed by the end of the lesson.”   —Dr. Stephen Anderson, D.M.A. Professor, Composition and Jazz Studies, Director of Jazz Studies at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

"Amazing, virtuosic, dynamic, impeccable and powerful guitar playing."  —Best Guitarist by Down Beat Critics’ Poll, Joe Morris

Guitar virtuoso, composer, bandleader, educator and recording artist, Javier Rosario is the first ever Michel Camilo Scholarship winner. The scholarship was an initiative of the Dominican born, Grammy, Latin Grammy and Emmy Award winning pianist. It has been the first scholarship of its kind in the history of the Dominican Republic, where Javier was born in Santo Domingo. In 2006, Javier attended Berklee College of Music with full scholarship, graduating with the highest ratings ever given to a guitarist. In 2009, he performed at the Berklee Jazz and Blues Guitar Night: a concert which only featured the very top players of the entire school. In 2010, Javier decided to further his studies at the Longy School of Music of Bard College with a master’s degree. There he was awarded a Presidential Scholarship and was acknowledged by his guitar teachers as possibly the highest-level guitarist ever to enter the jazz program. 

 

Among some of the musicians Javier has performed with are: Joe Lovano, John Lockwood, Matt Savage, Zachary King, Scott Kiefner, Aaron Holthus, Avery Logan, Bob Edinger, Vardan Ovsepian, Jeff Galindo, Phil Grenadier, Bret Willmott, Hoo Kim, James Heazlewood Dale, Evan Waaramaa, just to name a few. Javier has performed at Blue Note in New York City, Concerts in the Courtyard Series at Boston Public Library, 150th Anniversary of Boston Public Library South Boston Branch, Casa de Teatro Jazz Festival, Fiesta Sunset Jazz Club the #1 jazz club in the Dominican Republic and one of the top jazz clubs in the world according to All About Jazz, A-Town Jazz Festival, Strand Theater, Massachusetts’ State House, Cornelia Street Cafe, St. Botolph Club, Berklee Performance Center, Pianos NYC, Shrine World Music Venue, Silvana, Port City Blue, Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar, Radio Bean Jazz Fest, Thunder Road, Tonic, Community Music Center of Boston's Fête de la Musique and John Kleshinski Concert Series as well as David Lapin Arts on the Rise fundraiser, Altos de Chavon Amphitheater in the Dominican Republic, just to name a few. Javier is an active performer for Sofar Sounds with his trio as well as performing duo with drummer Zak King.

 

Javier is a guitar Adjunct Professor at Bunker Hill Community College where he has served as a music audition panel judge. He is a faculty member at Community Music Center of Boston, Passim School of Music, Amigos School and Morse School in Massachusetts. During the Spring 2021, Javier was a Community Engagement Programs Teaching Artist at Community Music Center of Boston and Boston Collegiate Charter School. In late June 2021, Javier received the Community Music Center of Boston Marilla MacDill Award for Teaching Excellence and Community Service. Javier has been a Visiting Professor at the National Conservatory of Music since 2009 and a Visiting Artist and Music Thesis Judge for the international music program at UNPHU or Universidad Pedro Henriquez Ureña since 2021 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In May 2022, Javier became a performer and music educator for the City of Boston through the Boston Public Library. During the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, Javier is a Community Engagement Programs Teaching Artist at Community Music Center of Boston and the Hurley School at Boston's South End.

In late December of 2019, Javier released his debut album Javier Rosario Trio, Vol. I: A Celebration of Life which has been nationally and internationally reviewed. Javier's music has been played on the radio in the Dominican Republic and NHPR New Hampshire Public Radio, All Things Considered with Peter Biello: NHPR Summer Music Series Kicks Off With A Few Recommendations

In early 2022, Javier's most recent interview with Dominican jazz writer and promoter, Fernando Rodriguez De Mondesert, was published in the book The Interviews "Las Entrevistas" 2021 Jazz en Dominicana. The book is a collection of interviews of the most prestigious Dominican musicians on the scene today. 

In late June 2022, Javier was granted the Community Music Center of Boston Professional Development Grant for Creative Youth Development in alignment with Cultural Inclusion and Social Emotional Development.