Saturday - September, 17 @ 8:00pm
Guitar virtuoso, composer, bandleader, educator and recording artist, Javier
Rosario is the first ever Michel Camilo Scholarship winner. The scholarship
was an initiative of the Dominican born, Grammy, Latin Grammy and Emmy
Award winning pianist. It has been the first scholarship of its kind in the
history of the Dominican Republic, where Javier was born in Santo Domingo.
In 2006, Javier attended Berklee College of Music with full scholarship,
graduating with the highest ratings ever given to a guitarist. In 2009, he
performed at the Berklee Jazz and Blues Guitar Night: a concert which only
featured the very top players of the entire school. In 2010, Javier decided to
further his studies at the Longy School of Music of Bard College with a
master’s degree. There he was awarded a Presidential Scholarship and was
acknowledged by his guitar teachers as possibly the highest-level guitarist
ever to enter the jazz program.
Among some of the musicians Javier has performed with are: Joe Lovano,
John Lockwood, Matt Savage, Zachary King, Scott Kiefner, Aaron Holthus,
Avery Logan, Bob Edinger, Vardan Ovsepian, Jeff Galindo, Phil Grenadier,
Bret Willmott, Hoo Kim, James Heazlewood Dale, Evan Waaramaa, just to
name a few. Javier has performed at Blue Note in New York City, Concerts in
the Courtyard Series at Boston Public Library, Casa de Teatro Jazz Festival,
Fiesta Sunset Jazz Club the #1 jazz club in the Dominican Republic and one
of the top jazz clubs in the world according to All About Jazz, A-Town Jazz
Festival, Strand Theater, Massachusetts’ State House, Cornelia Street Cafe,
St. Botolph Club, Berklee Performance Center, Pianos NYC, Shrine World
Music Venue, Silvana, Port City Blue, Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar, Radio
Bean Jazz Fest, Thunder Road, Tonic, Community Music Center of Boston's
Fête de la Musique and John Kleshinski Concert Series as well as David
Lapin Arts on the Rise fundraiser, Altos de Chavon Amphitheater in the
Dominican Republic, just to name a few. Javier is an active performer for
Sofar Sounds with his trio as well as performing duo with drummer Zak
Javier is a guitar Adjunct Professor at Bunker Hill Community College
where he has served as a music audition panel judge. He is a faculty
member at Community Music Center of Boston, Passim School of Music,
Amigos School and Morse School in Massachusetts. During the Spring 2021,
Javier was a Community Engagement Programs Teaching Artist at
Community Music Center of Boston and Boston Collegiate Charter School.
In late June 2021, Javier received the Community Music Center of Boston
Marilla MacDill Award for Teaching Excellence and Community Service.
Javier has been a Visiting Professor at the National Conservatory of Music
since 2009 and a Visiting Artist and Music Thesis Judge for the
international music program at UNPHU or Universidad Pedro Henriquez
Ureña since 2021 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In May 2022,
Javier became a performer and music educator for the City of Boston
through the Boston Public Library.
In late December of 2019, Javier released his debut album Javier Rosario
Trio, Vol. I: A Celebration of Life which has been nationally and
internationally reviewed. Javier's music has been played on the radio in the
Dominican Republic and NHPR New Hampshire Public Radio, All Things
Considered with Peter Biello: NHPR Summer Music Series Kicks Off With A
In early 2022, Javier's most recent interview with Dominican jazz writer and
promoter, Fernando Rodriguez De Mondesert, was published in the book The
Interviews "Las Entrevistas" 2021 Jazz en Dominicana. The book is a
collection of interviews of the most prestigious Dominican musicians on the
In late June 2022, Javier was granted the Community Music Center of
Boston Professional Development Grant for Creative Youth Development in
alignment with Cultural Inclusion and Social Emotional Development.
“Javier Rosario was my first scholarship winner at Berklee College of Music and I am delighted
to see that he has blossomed into a creative artist with a refined guitar technique and an
extensive knowledge of the jazz idiom. He is a young talent that is contributing to the multi-
cultural richness and diversity of our jazz community.”
—Grammy, Latin Grammy and Emmy Award winning pianist, Michel Camilo
"He is fast, nervous, conceptually instinctive, almost Coltrenian when he goes off on a tangent
and has a nice sound, with that distortion placed at the right point, which does not cover the
melody, but enhances it."
—Andrea Aguzzi, NeuGuitars
"Javier always had this innate ability to play with ferocity, yet always hold the melody up as the
most important thing. He is one of those ultra rare musicians that has transcended their
instrument, I am always in awe of his playing."
—Carter Lee, Soundfly
“It is not common for a guitar player who is so well-versed in jazz to have hybrid picking and
legato chops that drop rock guitarists jaws.”
—Justin Tolan, winner of Steve Vai’s “Best in Shred” contest for Atlanta
650A Congress Street, Portland ME
- Mon: 5PM-11PM
- Tues: 6PM-12AM
- Wed: 5PM-12AM
- Thurs: 5PM-12AM
- Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
- Sun: 4PM-10PM
Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.
We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.