Born: August 28, 1974 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
With smooth sounds, dynamic spontaneity, exciting rhythms, and a selfless musical sincerity, Rosana Eckert embraces and captivates her listeners, taking them on a musical journey that is often described as joyous, breathtaking, and inspiring. Her acclaimed debut CD, At the End of the Day, introduced her to the jazz world not only as a vocalist, but also as a creative composer and arranger. The CD was praised as “an occasion for celebration” by AllAboutJazz.com and “a superior debut.” by Cadence Magazine, and it was a finalist for Best New Jazz Album in the 2006 Independent Music Awards. Her newest CD, Small Hotel, once again showcases her knack for storytelling and her ability to breathe new life into beloved standards with her contemporary style. Small Hotel includes liner notes and a guest appearance by legendary trumpeter Marvin Stamm as well as contributions from renowned arranger Michele Weir and the incomparable Christian McBride on bass.
Formerly an accomplished French horn player, Rosana was schooled in music at the University of North Texas, earning a degree in Music Theory with a minor in French horn performance. Somewhere along the way, she became immersed in the school’s incredible jazz program and transitioned into a solo vocalist. Rosana quickly found her place in the jazz program as an arranger and featured soloist in the UNT Jazz Singers, the vocalist with the world renowned One O’Clock Lab Band, and the recipient of the Vocal Jazz Teaching Fellowship. In 1999, Rosana won a spot in the IAJE Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Sextet, which performed several concerts around the country including at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival. In the summer of 2000, Rosana was honored to be one of only 16 musicians in the country selected to join the Thelonious Monk Institute Quintet for the TM Aspen Jazz Colony where she was mentored by many world renowned jazz recording artists including Christian McBride, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, John Clayton, Russell Malone, and Dianne Reeves. The two-week jazz retreat was documented by the BET Jazz Channel.
Rosana currently teaches vocal jazz at the University of North Texas, both privately and in the classroom. Her original songs and arrangements have been performed worldwide, and she is a published arranger with the world’s largest music publishing company, Hal Leonard Corp. She is in demand as a jazz choir conductor and festival clinician/adjudicator, and she performs regularly at clubs, concert venues, and jazz festivals around the country. Rosana has performed with such jazz greats as George Duke (pn), Kenny Wheeler (tpt), Dave Friesen (bass), Jon Faddis (tpt), and Terri Lyne Carrington (drms), and she was honored to be the only vocalist ever to sub in the Grammy Award-winning vocal quartet New York Voices, touring Europe with them in the summer of 2008.
In addition to her teaching and live performing, Rosana works regularly in Dallas as a studio singer and producer. She has sung back-up vocals for various recording artists, and she can be heard on hundreds of jingles and radio IDs around the world.
Awards:2006 Independent Music Awards - Finalist, Best Jazz Album 2000 Thelonious Monk Jazz Aspen Snowmass 1999 IAJE "Sisters in Jazz" Collegiate Sextet
“a sublime vocalist and songwriter” - Thor Christensen, Dallas Morning News
This young lady is smooth, sincere, and flexible. Not afraid to test the boundries of many styles, Eckert exhibits amazing versatility and confidence. - EOM Entertainment
“... fresh and sophisticated. Backed by a crack team of Dallas musicians, including percussionist/husband Gary Eckert, Ms. Eckert effortlessly swings with her well-shaped alto and intelligent ear for lyrics... Ms. Eckert’s debut is an occasion for celebration. It is a well-conceived and well-performed pleasure.” - AllAboutJazz.com
I was taken not only with the warmth and elegance of her voice, but also the straightforwardness with which she delivered her lyrics...Rosana's approach was a fresh sound to my ears. -Marvin Stamm, internationally renowned trumpeter/composer
“... the musical values she brings to her debut CD are estimable... Her intonation is absolutely secure and she seems completely at ease with the rhythmic flow of her improvisations. Her scat and rhythmic rephrasing of “Gotta Give” establish the fact that she can pretty much accomplish what she sets out to do, in turning a lyric collar without losing the thread. Additionally, she is no mere dilettante in the song writing department... a superior debut.” - Cadence Magazine
“Rosana Eckert’s voice is attractive... She handles ballads with grace, sings comfortably in Portuguese on Ela E Carioca, and delivers One Mint Julep with appropriate sass. Her own originals are nice, too... Rosana Eckert sings in a way that maximizes her vocal gift. The band behind her matches her competence with steady playing of their own. This is a solid album in every facet.” - JazzReview.com
“Wow, Rosana is such a fabulous singer and musician! She is so musical and is one of the few singers who really makes all the changes when she scats. And that gorgeous voice... I don't think it’s possible to listen to her CD and not love it.” -Michele Weir, world renowned arranger/educator/jazz musician
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Vocal Jazz Faculty, University of North Texas has also served on faculty of: UNT Summer Vocal Jazz Workshop Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Camp Texas All Star Jazz Camp Speech Level Singing Summer Vocal Program, Los Angeles
"Finding Your Voice” This clinic focuses on the journey toward individuality and personal expression: Discovery, Imitation, and Creation. Rosana takes students through these steps: Deep and thoughtful listening Successful transcription and imitation (both technical and stylistic) Personal application, delivering a song’s message honestly and without preconception. "Arranging for the Solo Jazz Vocalist” Repertoire is often a big part of the individuality of a vocalist. Whether the songs are well know jazz standards or original tunes, the arrangements should be inspiring and reflective of the singer’s personal approach. This clinic focuses on various arranging techniques, specific to the needs of a jazz vocalist, including: Reharmonization Creative intros and endings Kicking with rhythmic notation Interlude and soli Conceptual “stretching” Groove/time exploration. Clinics also offered on Vocal Improvisation and Lyric Interpretation.