Renee Rosnes

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Renee Rosnes
Background information
Birth nameIrene Louise Rosnes
Born (1962-03-24) 24 March 1962 (age 61)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation(s)pianist, composer, arranger [1]
Years activec. 1985–present
LabelsBlue Note, Smoke Sessions
Member ofArtemis

Irene Louise Rosnes (born 24 March 1962), known professionally as Renee Rosnes (/ˈrni ˈrɒsnɛs/ REE-nee ROSS-ness), is a Canadian jazz pianist, composer, and arranger.

Early life[edit]

Rosnes was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and grew up in North Vancouver, British Columbia, where she attended Handsworth Secondary School. She was three when she began taking classical piano lessons. She became interested in jazz music in high school, introduced to it through the school's band director Bob Rebagliati. She then attended the University of Toronto, where she pursued classical performance with pianist William Aide. In 1985, Rosnes was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant, and moved to New York City to further her studies.[2]


After tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson hired her to play with his quartet in 1986, Rosnes began an international career. In 1988, she was a member of the Wayne Shorter Band and in 1989, she joined trombonist J. J. Johnson's Quintet and remained his pianist of choice until he retired in 1997. In 1989, she also began working with tenor saxophonist James Moody and was the pianist in his quartet for the next 20 years. Rosnes frequently performed with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and recorded For Sentimental Reasons with his quartet in 2007. She was a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective, and played with the octet from 2004 through 2009. Since 2012, she has been a member of bassist Ron Carter's Foursight Band, which tours frequently in Europe.[3]

In 2017, Rosnes won her fifth Juno Award for solo jazz album of the year for Written in the Rocks Smoke Sessions Records.[4] Beloved of the Sky was recorded with Steve Nelson on vibes, Chris Potter on tenor sax, Peter Washington on bass, and Lenny White on drums. She made four Japanese trio recordings for the VideoArts label with The Drummonds with ex-husband Billy Drummond and the unrelated Ray Drummond on bass. She married jazz pianist Bill Charlap on 25 August 2007, and the couple released a piano duet recording titled Double Portrait (Blue Note).[5]

Rosnes was the host of Jazz Profiles, a CBC Radio show in which she profiled Canadian jazz musicians. Guests included pianists Paul Bley, Joe Sealy and Oliver Jones, bassists Don Thompson and Michel Donato, trumpeters Guido Basso and Kenny Wheeler, and drummer Terry Clarke.[6] With producer Kelly Peterson[7] Rosnes is a co-founder of the Canadian Jazz Master Awards[8] and is artistic director of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, which takes place during February in Ontario, Canada.[9] Rosnes is the pianist and musical director of the sextet Artemis.[10] The other members are Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Alexa Tarantino (alto sax & reeds), Anat Cohen (clarinet), Noriko Ueda (bass), Allison Miller (drums), and Cécile McLorin Salvant (vocals). The group signed with the Blue Note label, and their eponymously titled debut album was released on 11 September 2020.[11][12]

Awards and honours[edit]


As leader[edit]

  • Face to Face (Toshiba/EMI, 1989)
  • Renee Rosnes (Blue Note, 1990)
  • For the Moment (Blue Note, 1990) with Joe Henderson
  • Without Words (Blue Note, 1992)
  • Ancestors (Blue Note, 1996)
  • As We Are Now (Blue Note, 1997)
  • Art & Soul (Blue Note, 1999)
  • With a Little Help from My Friends (Blue Note, 2001)
  • Life on Earth (Blue Note, 2002)
  • Renee Rosnes and the Danish Radio Big Band (Blue Note, 2003) with DR Big Band
  • Deep Cove (CBC, 2004)
  • A Time for Love (Video Arts, 2005)
  • Black Narcissus: A Tribute to Joe Henderson (Pony Canyon/M&I, 2009)
  • Double Portrait (Blue Note, 2010) with Bill Charlap
  • Manhattan Rain (Pony Canyon, 2012)
  • Written in the Rocks (Smoke Sessions, 2016)
  • Beloved of the Sky (Smoke Sessions, 2018)[18]
  • Ice on the Hudson: Songs by Renee Rosnes & David Hajdu (SMK, 2018)
  • ARTEMIS (Blue Note, 2020)
  • Kinds of Love (Smoke Sessions, 2021)[19]
  • In Real Time (Blue Note, 2023)[20]

As a member[edit]

Out of the Blue

  • Spiral Staircase (Blue Note, 1989)


  • Superblue 2 (Blue Note, 1989)

The Drummonds
With Ray Drummond, Billy Drummond

  • When You Wish Upon a Star (VideoArts, 1999)
  • Letter to Evans (VideoArts, 2000)
  • A Beautiful Friendship (VideoArts, 2002)
  • Pas de Trois (True Life Jazz, 2002)
  • Once Upon a Summertime (VideoArts, 2003)

SFJAZZ Collective

  • Inaugural Season Live 2004 (SFJAZZ, 2004)[3CD]
  • Live 2005: 2nd Annual Concert Tour - The Works of John Coltrane (SFJAZZ, 2005)[2CD]
  • Live 2006: 3rd Annual Concert Tour - The Music of Herbie Hancock (SFJAZZ, 2006)[2CD]
  • Live 2007: 4th Annual Concert Tour - The Works of Thelonious Monk (SFJAZZ, 2007)[2CD]
  • Live 2008: 5th Annual Concert Tour - The Works of Wayne Shorter (SFJAZZ, 2008)[3CD]
  • Live 2009: 6th Annual Concert Tour - The Music of McCoy Tyner (SFJAZZ, 2009)[2CD]

As sideperson[edit]


  1. ^ Uman, Eugene (14 April 2016). "Renee Rosnes Quartet presents jazz standards from the Great American Songbook". The Brattleboro Reformer. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  2. ^ "She-bop: Renee Rosnes. Saturday Night. April, 1993". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Ron Carter Foursight "Dear Miles" - Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  4. ^ Saxberg, Lynn (2 April 2017). "Gord Downie wins three Junos at music awards gala dinner Saturday night". Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes Duet In 'Double Portrait'". NPR. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. ^ "The Jazz Portraits". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  7. ^ "About". Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  8. ^ "About the CJMA". Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Introducing the Inaugural Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival - February 2018". Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  10. ^ Chinen, Nate (22 November 2018). "Women In Jazz? For Artemis, It's Bigger Than A Cause". Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Artemis". Blue Note Records. 11 September 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  12. ^ Silver, Matt (9 October 2021). "Jazz Album of the Week: A Triumph of Style and Substance from the International Supergroup Artemis". WRTI. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  13. ^ "The Hugh Fraser Quintet - Looking Up". Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  14. ^ "The Hugh Fraser Quintet 1988 performance in Montreal". Archived from the original on 14 December 2021. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Awards | The JUNO Awards". The JUNO Awards. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Event Details - Sikh Foundation of Canada". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  17. ^ "L'Équipe Spectra - Press Releases". Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  18. ^ Renee Rosnes, Beloved of the Sky. Review by Alex Henderson, NYCJR, April 2018 – Issue 192, page 15. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  19. ^ Renee Rosnes “Kinds of Love” Available September 3 via Smoke Sessions Records
  20. ^ Blue Note Records: ARTEMIS "IN REAL TIME" - Blue Note Records, accessdate: May 23, 2023

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