Born: January 3, 1965 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Christine Rosholt represents a fresh voice in jazz standards in the Twin Cities. She brings two decades of performance experience to the stage, with roots going back to the Children’s Theater Company and including a variety of types of public performance ranging from original performance art pieces to traditional theater to singing in a variety of groups. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago majoring in Performance Art and Photography. Her career as a jazz vocalist began in October of 2002. She currently works with many of the best jazz musicians in the Twin Cities in a variety of venues. She has held a weekly Wednesday night gig at Café Havana since October of 2003. Christine is also the featured vocalist in Beasley's Big Band. In the spring of 2005 Christine joined the Jazz Vocal Coalition, an organization dedicated to jazz singing with chapters in New York, Los Angeles and the Twin Cities.
Major inspirations include Anita O’Day, Annie Ross, Blossom Dearie, Carmen McRae, Chris Connor, Connie Evingson, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Jane Monheit, John Pizzarelli, Joni Mitchell, June Christy, Karrin Allyson, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Stacy Kent, Susannah McCorkle, Tierney Sutton, The Roches. Christine says: I especially like the Jazz standards from the 1930s and 40s because they’re timeless, they swing, and they’re sentimental without being syrupy.
On January 14, 2007 Christine will present a concert as part of the Twin City Jazz Society Jazz From J to Z concert series: My Shining Hour - A Tribute to the Music of Harold Arlen with Christine Rosholt, Connie Olson & Bruce A. Henry at the Bloomington Art Center with musicians, Risk Carlson, Keith Boyles and Jay Epstein. Harold Arlen wrote many classic jazz standards including, Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, Over the Rainbow (and all of the other songs in the Wizard of Oz), Stormy Weather, My Shining Hour, Let's Fall in Love....and many more.
In February of 2006 Rosholt released a brand new CD entitled Detour Ahead at Rossi's Blue Star Jazz Room in Minneapolis, the show was sold out. Detour Ahead is playing on the airwaves across the USA, Canada, Australia and some European countries. Based on Ms. Rosholt's previously released demo CD (2003), her airplay and name recognition in the Twin Cities, fans are requesting the Detour Ahead in Twin Cities record stores. In September 2006 Detour Ahead was nominated for Jazz Recording of the year in the Minnesota Music Awards.
On December 2, 2005 Christine was a musical guest on Minnesota Public Radio Presents: A Holiday Stage Session with Bill Holm With Independent Producer Heather McElhatton. The Traditions of Christmas: Those You Want and Those That Are Foisted Upon You at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN. This show was taped and then broadcast on Christmas Day, Sunday December 25, 2005 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the News and Information stations of Minnesota Public Radio. Including 91.1 FM in the Twin Cities.
On February 18, 2005 Christine presented her first jazz concert in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. She sang the words of William Shakespeare in jazz settings by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, John Dankworth and Arthur Young orchestrated for small combo by pianist/composer Laura Caviani. The concert was sold out and received high praise.
Christine enjoys playing at weddings, private parties and special events. She also has played at many restaurants and clubs in the Twin Cities.