Born and raised in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Jose has been performing on percussion instruments since he was five years old.

Through the course of his life, Jose has had the opportunity to perform along renown artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Marcos Barrientos, Puerto Rico Symphonic Orchestra, Gerson Kelly, Martin Valverde, Danilo Montero, Mike Orta, Bobby Cruz Jose "Papo" Rivera, “Steel Pan virtuoso” Liam Teague, and many others. He had also performed at the Disney’s Animal Kingdom “Tarzan Rocks”, and “The Village Beatniks” shows, at the Universal Studios Florida “The I Love Lucy tribute show!” and many others.

Jose currently travels between the United States and San Jose, Costa Rica where he performs with his band Jose Rosa and Friends opening major acts for artists like Franco De Vita among many others, does recordings, work with his label JRV Records, teaches percussion and oversees on his new Drums and Percussion School: "Jose Rosa Percussion Studio and its program: Contemporary Drums and Percussion Certificate", which is a Drummers Collective Type school in Latin America. In as little as 2 years you can graduate with a certificate and be ready to work in the business.

He also leads his own percussion group called “Insolencia Rumbera”, his latin jazz band "Jose Rosa and Friends" his latest album “Live From the legendary Blue Wisp Jazz club". In addition, he can also be heard and seen in many radio ads and TV programs like syndicated PBS program “Jazz Then and Now” and also on the Travel channel in the program "The making of Disney's Animal Kingdom".

He has also co-written several instructional books some of the titles are: Award winning: "Beyond The Secret Hand / Mas alla de la Mano Secreta", “The Contemporary Hand Drummer” and “The Art of Latin Drumming” published and distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation, the latter nominated for the 2013 Modern Drummer Readers Poll. His latest Instructional Videos: “The Contemporary Hand Drummer” and coming soon "The Art of Latin Drumming".

Jose is an active member of the American Federation of Musicians (Local 389), Percussive Arts Society, ASCAP, MENC, International Associations of Jazz Educators, International Association of Music Educators, and Christian Educators Association International.

Jose endorses Canopus Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Pro-Mark Drum Sticks and Mallets, Duallist Bass Drum Pedals, Pintech Electronic Percussion, Lento Drum Gloves, Cymbag, Phat Foot accessories, Cympad, Offworld Practice Pads and Remo Drum Heads.