Enchanted by jazz as a teenager, Israeli born Daniel Rotem began playing tenor saxophone at age 13. He studied at Thelma Yellin High School and the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Tel Aviv, and was the youngest student to be awarded first place in Rimon’s Outstanding Jazz Player Competition. Daniel received a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, from which he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance in December 2013. Shortly after graduating Berklee, Daniel was one out of seven selected by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Burrell, and James Newton to study for two years as a member of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Masters Program Class of 2016 at UCLA, Herb Alpert School of Music.
While at the Institute Daniel performed in Paris, went on a U.S. State Department Tour to Morocco, performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, at the Kennedy Center with Al Jarreau and Dee Dee Bridgewater, and had the privilege to lead and narrate a jazz history masterclass and performance at the White House, hosted by the First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama.
Daniel has performed at venues around the U.S. and internationally with artists such as Lionel Loueke, Jeremy Pelt, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lewis Nash, and many more. He is endorsed by Gottsu Mouthpieces and has been a recipient of the America- Israel Foundation scholarship for 2010-2012 and 2014-2016.
Daniel’s debut album, “Be Nice”, was released during the summer of 2016.