With smooth sounds, dynamic spontaneity, exciting rhythms, and a selfless musical sincerity, Rosana Eckert embraces and captivates her listeners, taking them on a musical journey that is often described as joyous, breathtaking, and inspiring. Her acclaimed debut CD, At the End of the Day, introduced her to the jazz world not only as a vocalist, but also as a creative composer and arranger. The CD was praised as “an occasion for celebration” by AllAboutJazz.com and “a superior debut.” by Cadence Magazine, and it was a finalist for Best New Jazz Album in the 2006 Independent Music Awards. Her newest CD, Small Hotel, once again showcases her knack for storytelling and her ability to breathe new life into beloved standards with her contemporary style. Small Hotel includes liner notes and a guest appearance by legendary trumpeter Marvin Stamm as well as contributions from renowned arranger Michele Weir and the incomparable Christian McBride on bass.
Formerly an accomplished French horn player, Rosana was schooled in music at the University of North Texas, earning a degree in Music Theory with a minor in French horn performance. Somewhere along the way, she became immersed in the school’s incredible jazz program and transitioned into a solo vocalist. Rosana quickly found her place in the jazz program as an arranger and featured soloist in the UNT Jazz Singers, the vocalist with the world renowned One O’Clock Lab Band, and the recipient of the Vocal Jazz Teaching Fellowship. In 1999, Rosana won a spot in the IAJE "Sisters in Jazz" Collegiate Sextet, which performed several concerts around the country including at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival. In the summer of 2000, Rosana was honored to be one of only 16 musicians in the country selected to join the Thelonious Monk Institute Quintet for the TM Aspen Jazz Colony where she was mentored by many world renowned jazz recording artists including Christian McBride, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, John Clayton, Russell Malone, and Dianne Reeves. The two-week jazz retreat was documented by the BET Jazz Channel.
Rosana currently teaches vocal jazz at the University of North Texas, both privately and in the classroom. Her original songs and arrangements have been performed worldwide, and she is a published arranger with the world’s largest music publishing company, Hal Leonard Corp. She is in demand as a jazz choir conductor and festival clinician/adjudicator, and she performs regularly at clubs, concert venues, and jazz festivals around the country. Rosana has performed with such jazz greats as George Duke (pn), Kenny Wheeler (tpt), Dave Friesen (bass), Jon Faddis (tpt), and Terri Lyne Carrington (drms), and she was honored to be the only vocalist ever to sub in the Grammy Award-winning vocal quartet New York Voices, touring Europe with them in the summer of 2008.