Renee Rosnes

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Renee Rosnes
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Background information
Birth name Irene Louise Rosnes
Born (1962-03-24) 24 March 1962 (age 56)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer[1]
Instruments Piano[1]
Years active c. 1985–present
Labels Blue Note, Smoke Sessions
Website reneerosnes.com

Irene Louise Rosnes (born 24 March 1962), professionally known 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]

Career[edit]

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. The group toured Europe during the fall of 2015.[3]

As a leader, Rosnes has released fifteen recordings, nine on the Blue Note Records label. 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.[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]

Rosnes is the Artistic Director of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.[7] She lives in New Jersey.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 1989: Face to Face (Toshiba/EMI)
  • 1990: Renee Rosnes (Blue Note)
  • 1990: For the Moment (Blue Note)
  • 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)[12]

With SFJAZZ Collective[edit]

As sideperson[edit]

With Todd Coolman

With Adrian Cunningham and Ken Peplowski

With Michael Dease

  • Coming Home (D Clef)
  • All These Hands (Posi-Tone)

With Billy Drummond

With Ray Drummond

With The Drummonds

  • 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

  • Humpty Dumpty (BRC)
  • The Blue Note Years (Blue Note)

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

With Dave Young

  • One Way Up (Modica Music)
  • Two by Two, Vol. 1 (Justin Time)
  • Two by Two, Vol. 2 (Justin Time)

With others

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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". justinsmallbridge.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Ron Carter Foursight "Dear Miles" - Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival". northseajazz.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Gord Downie wins three Junos at music awards gala dinner Saturday night". London Free Press, Lynn Saxberg and Peter Hum. April 1, 2017
  5. ^ "Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes Duet In 'Double Portrait'". NPR. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. ^ "The Jazz Portraits". batteryradio.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Introducing the Inaugural Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival - February 2018". Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  8. ^ Varga, George (4 May 2017). "Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes make sweet music together, on stage and off". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Awards | The JUNO Awards". The JUNO Awards. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Event Details - Sikh Foundation of Canada". sikhfoundationcanada.com. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  11. ^ "L'Équipe Spectra - Press Releases". www.equipespectra.ca. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  12. ^ Renee Rosnes, Beloved of the Sky. Review by Alex Henderson, NYCJR, April 2018 - Issue 192, page 15. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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