About the Author
Avi RothbardAvi Rothbard is a guitarist, composer from NYC.
Born and raised in Kibbutz Gan Shmuel, Israel, Mr. Rothbard has moved to Boston Mass. in the summer of 1995, after receiving a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. During his Berklee years, Mr. Rothbard has received the most notable student awards Berklee has to offer. Rothbard has received The Jimmy Hendrix Award, Boston Jazz Society Award, Guitar Dpt. Achievement Award and The William Leavitt Memorial Scholarship Award. After moving to New York City in 1999, Mr. Rothbard has completed his masters degree in jazz studies from the City College of New York under the direction of John Patitucci. Since moving to New York City, Mr. Rothbard has played in most of the major jazz clubs in town. As a sideman, he worked with jazz greats such as Freddy Cole, Gregory Porter, Ben Riley, Wayne Escoffery, Vaughn Freeman, , Jay Leonhart, Mike Clark, Sachal Vansandani, Grant Stewart, Harry Allen and many others. Avi Rothbard is also a guitar and organ combo expert and continues to be “on call” with some of the best organists in NYC. As a band member, Mr. Rothbard has taken part on numerous world stages and jazz festivals around the world. He has five CDs as a leader and his latest album, “City Colors” is featuring his trio. He has also established himself as a prolific composer and he is a recipient of the John Lennon Songwriting Award for 2014 in the jazz category, as well as the finalist in the U.S.A Songwriting Competition for 2015. While studying and paying his respect to jazz guitar greats such as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Pat Martino and George Benson, Mr. Rothbard has formed a soulful and dynamic guitar style that blends modern approach with traditional jazz vocabulary.