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Leon Rosen

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Leon Rosen was born and raised in San Francisco, the son of an abstract painter and a belly dancer. His prodigious talent on the piano was recognized early on and by his teens, Leon was enlisted by Bay Area jazz legends such as Herbie Lewis and Sonny Simmons to back them on keys.
Rosen was always interested in pursuing singer-songwriter music in the pop vein, but made a more practical move to New York to study Jazz.Leon thrived in the energetic and aggressive atmosphere of NYC, but eventually felt the call to move to Israel. Being both Jewish and Armenian, Rosen felt he was in a unique position to bridge the boundaries of race and religion. “I’ve always hoped to transform the world," Rosen notes. “Of course, you get punched in the gut by reality but I will always stay naive and get back up.”
During this time, he had a prophetic dream that took place at a breakfast diner. Tom Waits sat him down to talk about his initial dream of pursuing a career as a singer-songwriter.Waits told him, “Singing wasn’t about hitting the notes...You gotta just lay it in the bucket.” Rosen took this message to heart and returned to San Francisco. He struck up relationships with new collaborators and began exploring a more ‘baroque pop’ sound, combining his love of Jazz with the singer-songwriter pop of the late 70’s. The resulting recordings boasted a sweet, nostalgic vibe with modern beats and arrangements, falling somewhere between Harry Styles and and Tobias Jesso Jr.

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