A native of Montreal, bassist Rick Rosato began performing at the age of 18. In 2010, he graduated from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. In the fall of 2010, he led a three-month-long artist series at the Upstairs Jazz Club in Montreal, where he played original compositions and formed different groups featuring some of today’s most influential voices in jazz. He now performs internationally with groups such as Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato, Ben Van Gelder, Gilad Heksleman, Shai Maestro, and Will Vinson. Rick has also performed with Billy Hart, Aaron Parks, Dayna Stephens, Peter Bernstein, Mike Moreno, Lage Lund, Jeff Ballard, and Ari Hoenig. In the summer of 2014, Rick competed for the TD Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with his own trio and won the Galaxie Jazz Award for best composition with his original entitled “New Untitled”. He is currently living in New York City where he is actively performing and teaching.
“It should be noted here that Rosato resembles no less a star of the bass viol as Charlie Haden for his lovely tone.” - Denver Jazz Music Examiner
“He is definitely a bassist to listen for - a compelling soloist, a rock-solid foundation, and a blooming compositional voice.” - Porkpie Jazz
“Rick Rosato is one of the most versatile and virtuosic bass players around. His time is impeccable and his solos captivating. Rick’s sense of form, melody and harmony are as apparent as his perfect technical execution.” - Ben van Gelder
“A talent like Rick’s is vital for the continuity of the art.” - Larry Grenadier
“Rick Rosato is not only rock-solid on the bass, but emits bursts of lyricism.” - Brad Weismann