Bosco Mann

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Bosco Mann
Birth name Gabriel Roth
Born 1974
Riverside, California U.S.
Genres Soul, funk, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer, songwriter
Instruments Bass, keyboards, guitar, sitar, drums, percussion
Labels Daptone Records
Associated acts Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Menahan Street Band, Antibalas, The Budos Band, Sugarman 3

Bosco Mann a.k.a. Gabriel Roth (Born 1974) is the bass player, bandleader, primary songwriter and producer of the band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.[1][2] He is also a co-founder of the Daptone Records label in Brooklyn,[3] and runs Penrose Studios in Riverside, California.

Early life[edit]

Roth was born grew up in Riverside, California. Roth's parents are lawyers who have worked on civil rights and discrimination cases.

Roth said his early aspirations were to be a math teacher, said he never wanted to be in the music industry, never really considered it to be a career option. He said that he just kind of fell into it, being in bands.[4]


After moving to New York City to attend New York University in the early 1990s, he launched the record label Desco Records with record collector/partner Phillipe Lehman. Roth also played, recorded, and wrote material for Antibalas and other bands on the Desco label, often under a pseudonym.[5] After Desco folded, Roth formed Daptone Records with Dap-Kings saxophonist Neal Sugarman.

Roth is an outspoken proponent for analog recording, having once said, "Show me a computer that sounds as good as a tape machine and I'll use it."[6] The distinctive glasses Roth wears on stage and in interviews are the result of a car accident which left his eyeballs lacerated, blinding him for 10 days.[7]

As a recording engineer and producer, Roth has won two Grammy awards: in 2008 for Amy Winehouse's acclaimed Back to Black album, recorded with The Dap-Kings at Daptone's House of Soul Studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and in 2012 for recording Booker T. Jones' The Road From Memphis.


  1. ^ Jon Bream, "CD reviews: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings; Willie Nelson", Star Tribune, April 19, 2010.
  2. ^ Jim Fusilli, "Analog Soul, Wall Street Journal, Apr. 1, 2010.
  3. ^ Larry Katz, "Daptone Records gets down and funky", Boston Herald, Mar. 19, 2003.
  4. ^ Mao, Jeff “Chairman”; Roth, Gabriel (11 February 2010). "Gabriel Roth, Daptone Records, New York" (Video interview (includes transcript)). Red Bull Music Academy 2010. London. 
  5. ^ Ezra Gale, "A Beginner's Guide to the Daktaris", Village Voice, March 4, 2009.
  6. ^ Dan Daley, "Gabriel Roth: Recording for Daptone Records", Sound on Sound, June 2008.
  7. ^ Saki Knafo, "Soul Reviver", New York Times, December 5, 2008.

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