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Michele Rosewoman


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New York-based Pianist/Composer Michele Rosewoman stands out in her class as a visionary pianist, bandleader, composer and performer and is especially known for her ‘Quintessence’ and ‘New Yor-Uba’ ensembles. For over two decades, she has deftly fused acoustic modern jazz, funk, electric fusion and elements of Cuban folkloric music to create a distinct musical experience.

Born in Oakland, California, Michele Rosewoman studied jazz with the great pianist/organist Ed Kelly. Early studies in percussion led her to avidly explore Cuban and Haitian folkloric idioms. She moved to New York in 1978 and throughout her career has performed with great musicians from both the jazz and Latin music worlds, including Jimmy Heath, Julian Priester, Gary Bartz, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Rufus Reid, James Spaulding, Freddie Waits, Billy Hart, Tootie Heath, Greg Osby, Gary Thomas, Steve Coleman, David Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, Robin Eubanks, Terri Lyne Carrington, Celia Cruz, Paquito D’Rivera, Cuban master Orlando ‘Puntilla’ Rios, Andy Gonzalez, Pedro Martinez and many others.

Rosewoman expands the horizons and boundaries of jazz while remaining firmly rooted in tradition. Her Quintessence ensemble, with 5 releases to date, brings together some of the most inventive voices in jazz while New Yor-Uba, with its uncompromised synthesis of contemporary jazz and traditional Cuban folkloric music, unites master musicians from both musical worlds.

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  • xbountyhunterx

    agree with the comments below. just listened her music and is awesome. I got here through steve coleman

    17 Mar 2010 Reply
  • gakko

    80 listeners here...? If I had only ONE vote to pt for the most underrated jazz artist ever, well, it had to be for Michele Rosewoman. I bought a few of her LP´s in the end of the 80´s and played them over and over again. I thought she would eventually get her break, but after looking at the amount of listeners here... well, kids, have fun with your Brad Mehldau. This is the real deal though.

    21 Apr 2009 Reply