Guitarist | Songwriter | Arranger
San Francisco based guitarist Joel Del Rosario began playing guitar at 10 years old. Classically trained in music, he studied viola and migrated to jazz under the mentorship of multi Grammy nominated educator and trombonist, Wayne Wallace. Since then, he has self produced five successful albums which have been embraced positively worldwide. His single “Delicious Vinyl” featuring flautist, Ragan Whiteside was on the Billboard the charts, while his latest release “Night Shift” has been featured on Sirius XM’s, ‘Watercolors’.
Influenced by the “greats”, he is often linked to George Benson and Norman Brown, but has his own style and voice. “jDR” as he is often called, has performed and shared the stage alongside many of today’s best ‘Contemporary Jazz’ artist including: Brian Culbertson, Michael Lington, Tom Browne, Jeff Ryan, Braxton Brothers, Tony Terry, Greg Manning, and many others. He has performed at Brian Culbertson’s, Napa Valley Jazz Festival, San Diego Jazz Festival, Catalina Jazz Festival, and has been a featured performer at the Stockton Jazz Festival for several years.
Joel has also been a featured artist on several works including keyboardist, Cal Harris’ “By The Bay”, Smooth Jazz Alley’s “EBF”, and has himself produced music for Dee Lucas, Tony Exum, and many others. Currently, he is working on his sixth album and continuing to work with the expanding roster of smooth jazz artists.
- Stan Getz Stanford Jazz Scholarship
- Best Jazz Guitarist, Coffee Talk Jazz Radio 2011
- Los Angeles Music Awards nominee for Best Jazz Duo
- Stockton Jazz Festival - Stockton, CA
- Yoshi's - Oakland, CA
- San Diego Jazz Festival - San Diego, CA
- Blues Alley - Washington, DC
- San Jose Jazz Festival - San Jose, CA
- Blue Note - Napa, CA
- Catalina Jazz Festival - Catalina Island, CA
- Napa Valley Jazz - Napa, CA
- Catalina Jazz Club - Los Angeles, CA
- Sonoita Jazz Festival - Elgin, AZ
- Carson Jazz Festival - Carson, CA
- Bethesda Blues & Jazz - Bethesda, MD
- Spaghettini - Seal Beach, CA
- Empress Theatre - Vallejo, CA
- Mediterranean Jazz and Supper Club - San Diego, CA