Renee Rosnes / Bill Charlap

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Renée Irene Louise Rosnes, 24 March 1962, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Rosnes started playing the piano at the age of three and in her teenage years studied classical music at the University Of Toronto. After developing a liking for jazz, she began playing throughout Canada, eventually settling in Vancouver. In 1986, with the aid of a grant from the Canadian Council of the Arts, she went to New York where she quickly attracted much positive attention. During the next few years she worked and toured extensively with musicians such as Joe Henderson, becoming a member of his quartet, Wayne Shorter, James Moody, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Bob Belden and Howard Alden. She also recorded with J.J. Johnson and played under Jon Faddis’ direction as a member of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

In 1990, Rosnes was signed to Blue Note Records where she made a string of critically acclaimed albums on which she was joined by...

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