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David Rozenblatt is a platinum selling and Grammy nominated drummer and percussionist, as well as an accomplished composer. He has collaborated with some of the finest talents in pop, jazz and classical music. Since joining Barry Manilow in 2003, David has appeared to sold out stadiums and arenas all over the world and recorded chart-topping, Grammy and Emmy winning albums and DVDs.  He received two Grammy nominations for both classical and pop genres: Absolute Ensemble’s Absolution (Best Small Ensemble Performance) and Barry Manilow’s platinum selling In The Swing of Christmas (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album).  Both recordings feature David with The Matt Herskowitz Trio, whose albums, Forget Me Not and Jerusalem Trilogy earned Best Contemporary Jazz Album nominations from both the Felix and Juno Award Academies.  As the percussionist on the Grammy Award winning NBC special, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album) David played with an all-star line up including Stevie Wonder, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, and with Leslie Odom Jr on his percussion-driven rendition of Autumn Leaves.

David has composed five original ballets.  Three Point Turn, written for legendary prima ballerina Diana Vishneva, Desmond Richardson and the Kirov Ballet, won numerous Golden Mask Awards including “Best Ballet” and the “Critic’s Prize.”  Othello, written for the Charlotte Ballet, premiered to an ecstatic audience and stellar reviews. Dirty Wire, Imprint Maya and Chronicle were all written for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, based in New York City and touring the world. Imprint Maya debuted in Los Angeles at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and was featured in the LA Times.

David’s instrumental works include “Dispute In Conclusion Unplugged” composed for Seattle Symphony’s Chamber Series. Of it, Bachtrack wrote, “Of the 21st-century composers, David Rozenblatt stole the show…[His score] left the audience breathless before they shouted a collective ‘Wow!’”. Flux (2018) written for a full symphony and commissioned by the Baltic Sea Philharmonic premiered at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace and at the Dubai Opera House.


David has worked with Paul Simon, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, John Legend, Andrea Bocelli, Esperanza Spalding, The Killers, Usher, Baby Face, Reba McEntire, Cindy Lauper, Donna Summer, David Foster, Kesha, Kristin Chenoweth, Katherine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson, Little Anthony, Bobby Womack, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Audra McDonald, Ornette Coleman, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Koz, Joe Zawinul, Pierre Boulez, Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Vladimir Spivakov, Elliot Carter, Will Ferrell and Bill Murray.  He can be seen performing on the Grammy Awards, numerous Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame specials, The Emmy Awards, The American Music Awards, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Show With David Letterman, VH1, and the BBC.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, David moved to the United States at the age of four. The following year, he started playing drums professionally and years later received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School.  He devotes time to music students of all ages (in person and online) and records for various artists, TV shows and films from his studio in New York, PencilFactoryRecording.com. David proudly and officially endorses © LATIN PERCUSSION (LP), YAMAHA Drums/Percussion, VIC FIRTH Stick/Mallets, and REMO Heads.




Commissioned by Seattle Symphony

“Of the 21st-century composers, David Rozenblatt stole the show…[His score] left the audience breathless before they shouted a collective ‘Wow!’ ”

Lutosławskian Seattle Symphony Celebrates American Composers
“…striking…raucous [and] pulsing…devilishly amusing.”

Commissioned by Charlotte Ballet

Classical Voice of North Carolina
“[The score] contains all the peculiar variety and rich strangeness of music in a dream…Visually and aurally, this is a world complete…. Its conception is brilliant; its undertaking enormous and full of risk.”

Creative Loafing Charlotte
“…easily the most visually arresting and dramatically compelling choreography that Rhoden has brought to us, [the visual production] meshed beautifully with Rozenblatt’s score…”

For Diana Vishneva and the Mariinsky Ballet (Kirov)
WINNER: 2 Golden Mask Awards and the festival’s Critics’ Prize

Los Angeles Times
“…turbulent, exciting…”

Moscow Times
“…a high-energy, sexually charged romp onstage.”

Arts Journal
“…pointedly unlike the material [Vishneva] dances with her home company or with American Ballet Theater…Complexions Dance Company provided the most striking piece, “Three Point Turn.”

Gay City Times
“…an excellent and unusual score…”

Commissioned by Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Oregon Artswatch
“…a quietly intense and almost jointless fusion of sight and sound and emotion.
“This work, with its cold clear vision of ‘these days of bloody screaming’ and its corresponding, improbable sense of grace, is for me the highlight of the evening.”

North Texas Performing Arts News
“…passionate vocals set against piano and minimal strings offered a blank slate for Rhoden to experiment”

Living Out Loud Los Angeles
“A Modern Twist on the Traditional…a highlight.”

Fjord Review
“…a beautiful collaboration, with David Rozenblatt bringing us a stunning piece of his music.”



2018   Andrea Griminelli and Matt Herskowitz Trio – Bach Reimagined  CD
Matt Herskowitz Trio with virtuoso flutist extraordinaire Andrea Griminelli. This album features nine new arrangements of popular Bach pieces in a variety of styles and genres, including Jazz swing, Gospel, Groove, Ballad, Salsa, Tango, Bolero and Habañera. Beautiful tones, lush harmonies and high-octane virtuosity abound in these reimaginings of Bach pieces.
Drummer, Trio member

2018   Shoshana Bean  – Spectrum  CD
(Shosh Records) Jazz/Big Band 

2017   Kristjan Jarvi, Absolute Ensemble, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra – Philip Glass: Aguas da Amazonia  CD
(Orange Mountain Music) Classical, minimalism
Percussionist, Drummer, Ensemble member

2017   Matt Herskowitz Trio – Forget Me Not  CD
The Original album released in 2006 was Québec’s 2007 Félix Award nominee for “Best Jazz Album”
Co-producer, Drummer, Arranger, Trio member

2016   Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga – Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 CD
(NBC Special, Columbia Records) Jazz/Pop

2015   Matt Herskowitz Trio and Philippe Quint – Bach XXI  CD
(Avanti Jazz) Contemporary Jazz/Classical crossover
Drummer, Trio member

2015   A Very Murray Christmas (A Netflix Original) Film

2014   Barry Manilow – Live From Paris Las Vegas DVD
(Stiletto Entertainment) Adult Contemporary Pop/Rock
Percussionist and 2nd Drummer in “American Bandstand”, Band member

2014   Le Refuge Short Film

2012   David Rozenblatt – Dirty Wire  CD
From the 2010 ballet choreographed by Dwight Rhoden for Complexions Contemporary Ballet
(Mishegas Music) Rock/Jazz/Classical crossover

2012   David Rozenblatt – Three Point Turn  CD
From the 2007 ballet choreographed by Dwight Rhoden for Diana Vishneva, Desmond Richardson and the Mariinsky Ballet (f.k.a. The Kirov). 
(Mishegas Music) Electronic/Jazz/Classical crossover

2012   Barry Manilow – The Classic Christmas Album CD
(Stiletto Entertainment) Adult Contemporary
Percussionist, Band member

2012   Barry Manilow – Live in London DVD and CD
(Stiletto Entertainment) Adult Contemporary Pop/Rock
Percussionist, Band member

2011 Jim Bauer And The Weimarband – Songs Of The Blue Flower CD
(Pontoon Records) Broadway Soundtrack
Percussionist, Band member

2010   Matt Herskowitz (Trio) – Jerusalem Trilogy  CD
Juno Award nominee for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album”
(Justin Time) Contemporary Jazz
Drummer, Trio member

2009   David Rozenblatt – Othello  CD
From the ballet choreographed by Dwight Rhoden for The Charlotte Ballet (f.k.a. North Carolina Dance Theater)
(Mishegas Music) Rock/Jazz/Classical crossover

2009   Barry Manilow/Matt Herskowitz Trio – In The Swing Of Christmas  CD
Gold Record with over 500,000 albums sold in the US
2009 Grammy nomination for “Best Adult Contemporary Pop Vocal”
(Arista) Jazz/Adult Contemporary Pop
Drummer, Percussionist, Band Member (Barry Manilow), Trio (The Matt Herskowitz Trio)

2009   Manuel Mijares – Vivir Así  CD
(WM Mexico) Pop

2008   Barry Manilow – Happy Holiday DVD
From the 2003 A&E Live By Request Christmas Special
(Stiletto TV)
Percussionist, Band member

2008   Barry Manilow – The Greatest Songs Of The 80’s  CD
(Sony/Arista) Pop
Percussionist, Band member

2008   Sheera Ben-David – On A Carousel  CD
(Sheera Ben-David) Cabaret

2008   Sound Liberation – Days  CD
(Col Legno) Hip-Hop/Classical crossover
Drummer, Band member

2008   Barry Manilow – Songs From The Seventies  DVD
Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Music Direction
(PBS Special)
Percussionist, Band member

2007   Barry Manilow – The Greatest Songs Of The 70’s  CD
(Sony/Arista) Pop
Percussionist, Band member

2007   Gheorghe Costinescu – A Live Retrospective: 1952–2002  CD
(Capstone Records) Classical Contemporary
Body Percussionist

2006   Barry Manilow – Music and Passion  DVD
3 time platinum, Emmy Award winner for “Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program” and
No. 2 on Billboard top 10
(Stiletto TV) Pop
Percussionist, Band member

2006   Perfume: The Story of a Murderer CD
Major Motion Picture
Drummer, Percussionist, Sound effects

2006   Barry Manilow – First and Farewell  DVD
(Stiletto TV) Pop
Percussionist, Band member

2006   Absolute Ensemble – Arcanum  CD
(Bis Records) Classical Contemporary
Percussionist, Band member

2006   Dagmar – Door No. 1  CD
(Breathing Room Music Records) Alternative Rock
Drummer, Band member

2004   Beth Anderson – Swales and Angels (New World)  CD Classical Contemporary

2003   Elliot Goldenthal – S.W.A.T. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 
(Varese Sarabande Records)

2002   Absolute Ensemble – FIX  CD
Featuring Trumpet great Lew Soloff
(Enja & Cantaloupe) Acid Jazz/Classical
Producer, Drummer, Band member

2002   Weimarband – Sturm n’ Twang Original EP
(19 Records) Alternative Rock
Percussionist, Band member

2001   Martin Kuuskmann with Bill Schimmel and David Rozenblatt  – Archipelago – Archipelago  CD
(CCn’C Records) Jazz/Classical/Crossover
Drummer, Percussionist

2001   Absolute Ensemble – Absolution  CD
Grammy Nomination for “Best Small Ensemble”
(Enja Records) Classical Contemporary/Jazz Crossover
Drummer, Percussionist, Band member

2000   Absolute Ensemble – Absolute Mix, A Live Recording  CD
(CCn’C Records) Classical Contemporary
Percussionist, Drummer, Band member

2000   Paquito D’Rivera/Absolute Ensemble – Habanera  CD
(Enja Records) Jazz/Classical Crossover
Percussionist, Ensemble member

1999   Absolute Ensemble – Adams/Schoenberg Chamber Symphonies  CD
(CCn’C Records) Classical Contemporary
Percussionist, Ensemble member

1999   Absolute Ensemble – Architectonics  CD
(CCn’C Records) Classical Contemporary
Percussionist, Ensemble member

1996   Ensemble Xenakis USA – Ensemble Music, Vol. 2  CD
(Mode Records) Contemporary Classical
Djembe 3

1996   Carter Burwell – The Chamber  CD
(Varese Sarabande Records) Movie soundtrack

1996   The Matt Herskowitz Trio – Lucid
OUT OF PRINT  Contact David Rozenblatt for a copy.
(Ethereal Records) Jazz
Drummer, Band member