|Birth name||Irene Louise Rosnes|
|Born||24 March 1962|
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Occupation(s)||pianist, composer, arranger |
|Years active||c. 1985–present|
|Labels||Blue Note, Smoke Sessions|
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.
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.
In 2017, Rosnes won her fifth Juno Award for solo jazz album of the year for Written in the Rocks Smoke Sessions Records. 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).
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. With producer Kelly Peterson Rosnes is a co-founder of the Canadian Jazz Master Awards and is artistic director of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, which takes place during February in Ontario, Canada. Rosnes is the pianist and musical director of the septet Artemis. The other members are Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Melissa Aldana (tenor sax), 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.
Awards and honors
- Hugh Fraser (musician)'s tribute composition Irenerosnesity was recorded by The Hugh Fraser Quintet on their album Looking Up (CBC Records 1988) and performed by them at the Montreal Jazz Festival (1988)
- Juno Awards, Best Jazz Album, For the Moment (1992), Life on Earth (2003), Written in the Rocks (2017)
- Juno Awards, Best Mainstream Jazz Album, Free Trade (1995), Ancestors (1997)
- Juno nominations, Best Mainstream Jazz Album, As We Are Now (1998), Deep Cove (2005) (Ryga/Rosnes),
- Juno nominations, Best Jazz Album, Renee Rosnes (1991), Art and Soul (2000), Beloved of the Sky (2018)
- SOCAN Composer of the Year, 2003
- Western Canadian Music Awards, Jazz Recording of the Year, Deep Cove by Ryga-Rosnes Quartet, (2005)
- Sikh Centennial Gala Award, Sikh Foundation of Canada, 2015 
- Newark School of the Arts, Artistic Honoree, 2016
- Oscar Peterson Award, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, 2018
- 1989: Face to Face (Toshiba/EMI)
- 1990: Renee Rosnes (Blue Note)
- 1990: For the Moment (Blue Note) – with Joe Henderson
- 1992: Without Words (Blue Note)
- 1996: Ancestors (Blue Note)
- 1997: As We Are Now (Blue Note)
- 1999: Art & Soul (Blue Note)
- 2001: With a Little Help from My Friends (Blue Note)
- 2002: Life on Earth (Blue Note)
- 2003: Renee Rosnes and the Danish Radio Big Band (Blue Note)
- 2004: Deep Cove (CBC)
- 2005: A Time for Love (Video Arts)
- 2008: Black Narcissus: A Tribute to Joe Henderson (Pony Canyon/M&I)
- 2010: Double Portrait (Blue Note) with Bill Charlap
- 2010: Manhattan Rain (Pony Canyon)
- 2016: Written in the Rocks (Smoke Sessions)
- 2018: Beloved of the Sky (Smoke Sessions)
- 2018: Ice on the Hudson: Songs by Renee Rosnes & David Hajdu (SMK Records)
- 2020: ARTEMIS (Blue Note) *release date 09/11/20
With SFJAZZ Collective
- Live 2004: Original Works and the Music of Ornette Coleman
- Live 2005: Original Works and the Music of John Coltrane
- Live 2006: Original Works and the Music of Herbie Hancock
- Live 2007: Original Works and the Music of Thelonious Monk
- Live 2008: Original Works and the Music of Wayne Shorter
- Live 2009: Original Works and the Music of McCoy Tyner
With Ron Carter
- Foursight Quartet: Live in Stockholm, Vol. 1 (In and Out)
- Ron Carter Quartet & Vitoria Maldonado Brasil L.I.K.E. (Summit)
With Todd Coolman
- Lexicon (Double-Time)
- Tomorrows (BRC)
With Michael Dease
With Billy Drummond
- Native Colours, (Criss Cross. 1992)
- The Gift (Criss Cross)
With The Drummonds (Renee Rosnes, Ray Drummond, Billy Drummond)
- When You Wish Upon a Star (VideoArts)
- A Beautiful Friendship (VideoArts)
- Letter to Evans (VideoArts)
- Once Upon a Summertime (VideoArts)
- Pas de Trois (True Life)
With Jon Faddis
- Into the Faddisphere (Epic)
- Hornucopia (Epic)
With Jimmy Greene
- Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue)
- Flowers, Beautiful Life, Volume 2 (Mack Avenue)
With Joe Henderson
- Punjab (Arco, 1986)
- Humpty Dumpty (BRC, 1988)
With J. J. Johnson
- Let's Hang Out (Verve)
- The Brass Orchestra (Verve)
- Heroes (Verve)
With Marian McPartland
- A Jazz Christmas (NPR Classics)
- Just Friends (Concord)
With Jimmy Scott
- But Beautiful (Milestone)
- Moon Glow (Milestone)
With Gary Thomas
With Walt Weiskopf
- Live (Capri)
- Anytown (Criss Cross)
With Gerald Wilson
- New York, New Sound (Mack Avenue, 2003)
- In My Time (Mack Avenue, 2005)
- Monterey Moods (Mack Avenue, 2007)
- Detroit (Mack Avenue, 2009)
- Legacy (Mack Avenue, 2011)
With Dave Young
- One Way Up (Modica Music)
- Two by Two, Vol. 1 (Justin Time)
- Two by Two, Vol. 2 (Justin Time)
- Lotus Blossom (Modica Music)
- Howard Alden, Take Your Pick (Concord)
- Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern (RPM/Columbia) – Grammy winner
- Adrian Cunningham and Ken Peplowski, Duologue (Arbors Records)
- Brandi Disterheft, Gratitude (Justin Time)
- Ray Drummond, Vignettes (Arabesque Records)
- Robin Eubanks, Karma (JMT, 1991)
- Renée Fleming, Christmas in New York (Decca)
- Sonny Fortune, Invitation (Century)
- Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Things to Come (MCG Jazz)
- David Hajdu, Waiting for the Angel: Songs With Words by David Hajdu (Miranda)
- Slide Hampton, Inclusion (Twin)
- Vincent Herring, Secret Love (MusicMasters)
- Bobby Hutcherson, For Sentimental Reasons (Kind of Blue)
- Joyce Moreno, Astronauta – The Songs of Elis (Blue Jackel)
- Steve Kaldestad, New York Afternoon (Cellar Jazz)
- Tom Kennedy, Just Play (Capri)
- Peter Leitch, Blues on the Corner (Reservoir)
- Joe Magnarelli, Why Not (Criss Cross)
- George Mraz, Duke's Place (Milestone)
- Mike Murley, Taking Flight (Cornerstone Records)
- Lewis Nash, Highest Mountain (Cellar)
- Native Colors, One World (Concord)
- Greg Osby, Season of Renewal (JMT, 1990)
- Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Friends Forever (Milestone)
- Rich Perry, So in Love (Steeplechase)
- Jim Snidero, Strings (Milestone)
- Superblue, Superblue 2 (Blue Note, 1989)
- Steve Turre, One4J (Telarc)
- Chip White, Personal Dedications & Percussive Tributes
- Nancy Wilson, A Nancy Wilson Christmas (Telarc)
- Pete Yellin, How Long Has This Been Going On? (Jazzed Media)
- Libby York, Sunday in New York (BlueJazz)
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- "Ron Carter Foursight "Dear Miles" - Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival". northseajazz.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- Saxberg, Lynn (2 April 2017). "Gord Downie wins three Junos at music awards gala dinner Saturday night". ifpress.com. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
- "Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes Duet In 'Double Portrait'". NPR. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- "The Jazz Portraits". batteryradio.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- "About". Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
- "About the CJMA". Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
- "Introducing the Inaugural Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival - February 2018". Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
- Chinen, Nate (22 November 2018). "Women In Jazz? For Artemis, It's Bigger Than A Cause". NPR.org. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
- "Artemis". Blue Note Records. 11 September 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
- 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.
- "The Hugh Fraser Quintet - Looking Up". discogs.com. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
- "The Hugh Fraser Quintet 1988 performance in Montreal". youtube.com. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
- "Awards | The JUNO Awards". The JUNO Awards. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
- "Event Details - Sikh Foundation of Canada". sikhfoundationcanada.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- "L'Équipe Spectra - Press Releases". www.equipespectra.ca. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
- Renee Rosnes, Beloved of the Sky. Review by Alex Henderson, NYCJR, April 2018 – Issue 192, page 15. Retrieved 20 April 2018.