Michele Rosewoman

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: March 19, 1953    

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....
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Chamber Music America New Works and Presentation Grant 2008
  • A Celebration of Cuba in America

    Advance Dance Disques
  • The Inside Out

    Advance Dance Disques
  • The In Side Out

    Advance Dance Disques
  • Guardians Of The Light

    Enja Records
  • Spirit

    Enja Records
  • Quintessence

    Enja Records
  • Contrast High

    Enja Records

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Primary Instrument:

New York, NY

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Summary of Qualifications

Thirty years diverse professional experience performing and recording

Extensive experience as enesmble leader, organizing and leading ensembles ranging from trio to 15-piece

Thirty years experience writing and arranging for standard and non-standard ensembles, including percussion-based ensembles and full orchestra

Twenty-six years teaching experience providing master classes, ensemble classes, vocal workshops, individual and group instruction in piano technique, theory and composition

Recipient of numerous grants and honors as a composer and performer

Teaching Experience
2002 - 2003 Jackie McLean’s Artist Collective Vocal instructor
1998 – present Montclair State U. Summer Jazz Wrkshp Ensemble, composition, piano instructor
1998 – present Arts Incorporated, NYC Artist in Residence
1993/1997 - present New School University Faculty ensemble/piano instructor
1993 – 1996 New York University Faculty piano instructor
1993 - 1996 Boys & Girls High School Contemporary Youth Choir director
1987 - 1989 NYC Parks Department Contemporary Youth Choir director/founder 1985 - 1989 New York Kids on Stage Music Director
1975 - 1978 Haight-Ashbury Music Workshop Ensemble Instructor
1973 - present Home Studio Piano and Composition instructor

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Clinician (1990 – present)

Upcoming jazz piano maseter class at
the Jazz School, Berkeley on March 1st, 2009

Amherst College Amherst, MA
Berklee College of Music Boston, MA
Birmingham School of Fine Arts Birmingham, AL
California State University, Fresno CA
California State University, Monterey , CA
California State University, Sonoma , CA
Mannes College of Music New York, NY
Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
New York University New York, NY
Queens College Queens, NY
School of Visual Arts New York, NY
Smithsonian Institute Washington, DC
Stanford University Stanford, CA
Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA
University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN

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Featured recording “The In Side Out”

The In Side Out
Advance Dance Disques (2006)
Download jazz mp3 “Warm” by Michele Rosewoman
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