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Four-time JUNO Award winner, Renee Rosnes is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. Shortly after relocating from Vancouver, Canada to New York in 1986, Rosnes quickly established a reputation as a major talent. Rosnes toured and recorded with jazz legends Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Bennett, the SFJAZZ Collective, James Moody, Charles McPherson, and Buster Williams among others, her resumé reading like a who’s who of jazz. From 1990 through 2000, she was the pianist for the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band led by Jon Faddis. As a leader, Rosnes has released twelve critically acclaimed recordings, which reveal a unique sound, collaborating with a diverse range of artists, from bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jack DeJohnette, to younger giants such as Chris Potter, Christian McBride and Lewis Nash. Rosnes’ latest disc is “Manhattan Rain,” featuring Steve Nelson, Rich Perry, Peter Washington and Bill Stewart on drums. As well as touring and performing with her own band, she frequently performs with her husband, renowned pianist Bill Charlap in a two piano setting. The couple’s debut recording, “Double Portrait,” was released in 2010 on the Blue Note label. Rosnes is currently a member of the Ron Carter Quartet.
“Rosnes rubs balm in jaded ears. She offers exquisite balances of delicacy and power, witty and weighted ideas, assertiveness and deference.”
– Down Beat
“If you looked closely, you would have sworn you saw steam rising from the piano at the Vanguard.”
– The New York Sun
“I was witnessing something so powerful, so intimate…The intricate music they generated was intoxicating. The level of virtuosity that these two musicians displayed onstage can only be achieved by players who know everything about one another: temperament, technique, artistic inclinations.”
– Down Beat