Michele Rosewoman

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Michele Rosewoman
Birth name Michele Rosewoman
Born March 19, 1953
Origin United States Oakland, California, U.S.
Genres Avant-garde jazz
Post-bop
Free funk
Afro-Cuban jazz
Occupations Pianist, Composer, Educator
Instruments Piano
Years active 1976–present
Labels Soul Note
Enja
Evidence Music
Blue Note
Associated acts Mike Westbrook, National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Website michelerosewoman.com

Michele Rosewoman is an American jazz pianist living in New York, NY. She is most notable for her work and recordings with her Quintessence ensemble, as well as her New Yor-Uba ensemble.

Rosewoman has released nine albums, including five with Quintessence and several trio and quartet recordings. Her New Yor-Uba ensemble, featured Orlando "Puntilla" Rios until his death in 2008, is an Afro-Cuban jazz big band that Rosewoman founded in 1983. It finally released its first album in 2013, in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

Rosewoman is also known for her work as a sidewoman on recordings by such artists as Greg Osby, Billy Bang and Ralph Peterson. Before moving to New York from California in 1978, Rosewoman, who was deeply influenced by Oakland-based pianist/organist Ed Kelly, led several jazz groups in the Oakland area and also performed with Baikida Carroll, Julius Hemphill and Julian Priester. In New York she would play with post-avant-garde musicians Oliver Lake and Billy Bang, as well as with straight-ahead jazz masters Freddie Waits, Rufus Reid, Billy Hart, Reggie Workman and Latin music greats such as Celia Cruz, Chocolate Armenteros, Nicky Marrero, Paquito D'Rivera, Daniel Ponce and others.[1]

Discography[edit]

  • The Source (Soul Note, 1984)
  • Occasion to Rise (Evidence, 1993)
  • Spirit (Blue Note, 1996)
  • New Yor-uba, 30 Years: A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America (Self-release, 2013)

With Quintessence

  • Quintessence (Enja, 1987)
  • Contrast High (Enja, 1988)
  • Harvest (Enja, 1993)
  • Guardians of the Light (Enja, 2000)
  • The In Side Out (Advance Dance Disques, 2006)

As sideman

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yanow, Scott (2000). Afro-Cuban Jazz. Miller Freeman Books. p. 107. ISBN 0-87930-619-X. 

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