photo credit: Keith Major
Renee Rosnes is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. Upon moving to New York City from Vancouver, Canada in 1985, she quickly established a reputation of high regard, touring and recording for many years with such masters as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, J.J. Johnson, Buster Williams and James Moody. She was a founding member of the all-star ensemble, the SFJAZZ Collective, with whom she toured and recorded for six years. Rosnes released her eponymously-titled debut album in 1990 on the Blue Note label, and went on to record 10 albums for Blue Note. In 2016, Written in the Rocks (Smoke Sessions) was named one of ten Best Jazz Albums of the Year by The Chicago Tribune, one of the Best Albums in all genres of music by The Nation, and was awarded a 2017 JUNO (her fifth). JazzTimes wrote, “Ms. Rosnes delivers conceptual heft, suspenseful compositions and mesmerizing performances,” and from DownBeat, “An exceptional achievment. Written in the Rocks establishes - or reinforces - that Rosnes is a virtuoso composer. This is as good as writing can get in this setting.” The band’s most recent session, the critically acclaimed Beloved of the Sky (2018), features master musicians Chris Potter, Steve Nelson, Peter Washington and Lenny White. At the 2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Renee received the Oscar Peterson Award, in recognition of her exceptional contributions in jazz. Also in 2018, Rosnes became the Artistic Director of the Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, which takes place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a 9-year member of the Ron Carter Quartet which recently released their first recording, “Ron Carter: Foursight / Live in Stockholm, Vol. 1.” (In’n Out Records).