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Michele Rosewoman

Ms. Rosewoman was born in Oakland, CA where she started playing piano at age six and studied jazz traditions with the great pianist/organist Ed Kelly. In her late teens she began playing percussion and studying Cuban/Haitian folkloric idioms. By the time she moved to New York in 1978, she had already performed at major venues in the San Francisco Bay Area with her own ensembles and with Julian Priester, Julius Hemphill, Baikida Carroll and Oliver Lake and other fellow jazz innovators. In New York Rosewoman formed new ensembles and continued to present her music while collaborating with Rufus Reid, Reggie Workman, Freddie Waits, James Spaulding, Billy Hart, Carlos Ward and others as well as with Cuban master drummer/vocalist, Orlando ‘Puntilla’ Rios, and other musicians in the folkloric community. In 1983 she received an NEA grant to form the pioneering 14-piece ensemble “New Yor- Uba, A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America” that debuted at The Public Theater that December and appeared at festivals throughout Europe in 1984. That year she made her recording debut as pianist and arranger for the Cuban songo group, Los Kimy. Her experience as a percussionist continues to shape many aspects of her music. In the Latin music genre, Rosewoman has performed with Puntilla’s “Nueva Generacion,” Celia Cruz, Paquito D’Rivera, Daniel Ponce and Chocolate among others. Rosewoman received the ASCAP/Meet the Composer Commission for Emerging Composers that year (awarded by Dizzy Gillespie, Marian McPartland and Lester Bowie) resulting in a new work per-formed by the 40-piece Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and a quintet of improvisers, including Rufus Reid, Greg Osby and Howard Johnson. Rosewoman’s recording debut as a leader, "The Source" (Soul Note /1984) was praised for its radiance and ingenuity. "Quintessence" (Enja/1987) was named by numerous critics and polls as one of the best jazz releases of the year and has been cited as one of the best jazz recordings of the 1980's. As Ms. Rosewoman established a reputation as one of the most ingenious and prolific bandleaders of her generation, Down Beat wrote: "…She communicates assurance and ardor whether on the cutting edge of jazz or within the mainstream. What musicianship and moving expression! Bring on the future." In addition to five recordings with Quintessence, Ms. Rosewoman has two trio recordings: Occasion To Rise (Evidence/1993), was voted one of the year’s best recordings by six critics’ polls. The critically acclaimed album Spirit (Blue Note/1996) was recorded live at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Since it's debut in 1986 at the Cooper Union Great Hall in New York, Quintessence has been the main vehicle for Rosewoman's evolution as pianist, composer and bandleader. She assembled dy-namic bands to interpret her writing, and became known for bringing together musicians who today are some of the most inventive voices in jazz, including saxophonists Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Gary Thomas, David Sanchez, Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenon and Mark Shim; bassists Kenny Davis, Anthony Cox and Lonnie Plaxico; and drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Gene Jackson, among others. Many have cited the experience of playing in Quintessence as notably influential in their development as musicians, composers and bandleaders. Regarding Ms. Rosewoman’s previous Quintessence release, Guardians of the Light (Enja/2000), an NPR review noted: “…[She] sounds more than ever the confident master of her committed course. An indomitable modern jazz pianist, her singular sound ideas expand readily to her dark, fiery ensembles. So it all comes together, big, tight and flexible, rangy, spontaneous, serious and mysterious. Rosewoman and her band are jazz believers, jazz devotees, keepers of the flame." Rosewoman and Quintessence received a 2003 Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation New Works Creation and Presen-tation Commission. In 2006 they received one of the first Chamber Music America Encore Grants. Other recent activity includes a six- country European tour with trombonist Robin Eubanks and a series of duo performances with Greg Osby. Rosewoman has appeared at jazz festivals, concert halls and clubs throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe including the JVC, Ravinia, At-lanta, San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, North Sea, Paris, Warsaw and Berlin jazz festivals and Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Cooper Union Great Hall, the Public Theater, MOMA, NYU, Temple University, Stanford University, The Blue Note (New York & Tokyo), the Village Vanguard, The Apollo, Sweet Basil, Birdland, Jazz Standard, Yoshi's, New Morning (Paris) and the Jazz Café (London). As an educator she conducts classes, workshops and clinics at colleges and universities around the US while teaching piano and composition privately. Ms. Rosewoman has also held past and current teaching positions at NYU and the New School for Social Research and in February 2006 a composition department residency at Berklee College of Music.

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The end of June broadcast included a new single from trombonist and vocalist Aubrey Logan with Hagelslag, plus new releases from the Vanessa Perica Orchestra, with birthday shoutouts to vocalists Madeline Eastman, Tierney Sutton and Gillian Margot, composer and pianist Dave Grusin, harpist Brandee Younger and bluesman Big Bill Broonzy. Playlist Rachel Z “Artemisia" ...

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In the second part of this week's exploration of new and upcoming release [for the first part click here] we focus, in particular, on the work of drummer Jim Black with his new trio and as a member of the outstanding band Dark Dry Tears led by Italian bassist Danilo Gallo, and on another batch of ...

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This week's episode includes a smattering of old and new holiday songs penned by women, a boatload of new releases from vocalists Alex Pangman, Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch and Klea Blackhurst, Alla Ray, Alison Wedding, pianists Hyuna Park, Simone Baron and Carmen Sandim, trombonist Aubrey Logan and bassist Kristen Korb, plus birthday shout outs to Ethel ...

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We Grow Accustomed to the Dark

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This early November broadcast includes new releases from vocalists Andrea Superstein, Marsha Bartenetti, Ben Sidran and pianist Julia Hulsmann with birthday shout outs to guitarist Amanda Monaco, trumpeter Clifford Brown, pianist Dawn Clement, plus vocalists Ethel Waters, Andy Bey, Jay Clayton, Carmen Lundy, Kurt Elling, K.D. Lang, Julie Kelly and Sarah Partridge, among others.

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Moon in Scorpio and Mischief Night

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Besides some spooky seasonal fare, this week we focus on new releases from vocalists Carmen Lundy, Michelle Lordi and Carrie Wicks, trombonist Michael Dease and pianist Michele Rosewoman with birthday shout outs to Nellie Lutcher (pictured), Victoria Spivey, Laura Nyro, Bobby Troup, Jane Bunnett, Esperanza Spalding, Brenda Earle Stokes, Allison Miller and Freddy Cole, among others. ...

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