Born: April 23, 1949 Primary Instrument: Flute
Mary Rose moved to New York City in 1975 and became immersed in the creative and dynamic Jazz Loft Scene where exploration in jazz improvisation was continued from the legacy of free jazz started in the 1960s.
In the 1970s, as many of the jazz clubs started to close, musicians began to open their own performance spaces in New York City’s downtown lofts such as Studio RivBea, opened by Sam Rivers, John Fischer’s Environ, Ali’s Alley started by Rashied Ali, The Ladies’ Fort run by Joe Lee Wilson, and Sunrise Studio, founded by Mike Mahaffay.
During this rich and exciting musical time, Mary joined the Space Light Band led by former Albert Ayler bassist Steve Tintweiss and included Ken Simon, tenor, and Lou Grassi, drums. Other musical influences were guitarist Dan Rose; Mark Whitecage, alto saxophone and clarinet; Perry Robinson, clarinet; Jeanne Lee, vocalist; and Mike Mahaffay, drums, as well as many others of the Jazz Loft Scene of the 1970s.
After listening to the recordings of Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown, she was devoted to learning and playing bebop and standards as well as continuing to play music “outside” the harmonic and rhythmic form of traditional jazz.
Mary studied flute and jazz improvisation with multi- instrumentalist, composer, and educator Makanda Ken McIntyre, and composer and master flutist Robert Dick who specializes in multiphonics and extended techniques on the flute.
After moving from New York City to Dixon, NM, she formed the jazz duo Deuce with bassist Joseph Salack in 2002 and they performed at venues in Taos and Santa Fe including The Adobe Bar, The Cloud Cliff Restaurant, and The CD Cafe, as well as private parties. In Taos, NM, she has performed with Barbara Jones, Rick DeStefano, Dan Lizdas, Cullen Winter, Larry Audette, Al Sutherland, and Daniel Thurmer.
Mary moved to Fort Collins, CO in 2007 and was active in the jazz scene there, sitting in with pianist Mark Sloniker at Jay’s Bistro, and with The Just Jazz Quintet led by Ron Holleman at Avogadro’s Number. She performed in jams at The Catalyst Cafe with Kevin Karrick, guitar, Andrew Vogt, alto saxophone, and Clark Bennett, drums, and with The Adam Bodine Trio at The Pourhouse in Loveland, CO.
In 2007, she joined the Fort Collins jazz group IN THE MOMENT with Brian Fromme, piano, Kenny Workman, tenor, Steve Tippin, guitar, Dan Williams, bass, and Dave Tenney, drums, and in 2009, they recorded the CD Straight Ahead. IN THE MOMENT soon began appearing at different venues in Fort Collins, Colorado. They performed at the first FOCOMX Festival in 2009, (The Fort Collins Music Experiment), that showcases the talented and diverse bands in Northern Colorado ranging from bluegrass and rap to rhythm and blues and jazz. On Straight Ahead, IN THE MOMENT offers creative harmonies and swinging rhythms that get your fingers snapping and toes tapping and evoke subtle shades of musical feeling and nuance.
Mary lives in Questa, NM and has performances scheduled in northern New Mexico for summer of 2012 with RoMarkable / Rozanne Levine and Mark Whitecage with herself and Joseph Salack as guest artists. http://www.erjn.it/mus/whitecage/projects.htm#duo
She is currently performing in northern New Mexico with Instinct Quartet comprised of Mary Rose, flute; Gary Yamane, alto sax, guitar; Joseph Salack, bass; and Dave Wayne, drums. Instinct Quartet presents original compositions and a new take on modern jazz standards with creative, interpretive, and evocative improvisations.
Straight Ahead (Resonance, 2012)
Tracks: Solar; Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; How High The Moon; Take The A-Train; There Will Never Be Another You; Footprints
Personnel: Brian Fromme: piano; Kenny Workman: tenor sax; Mary Rose: flute; Steve Tippin: guitar; Dan Williams: bass; Dave Tenney: drums
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Studied flute and jazz improvisation with multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator Makanda Ken McIntyre, and composer and master flutist Robert Dick who specializes in multiphonics and extended techniques on the flute. Performed widely with jazz groups in New Mexico and Colorado. Currently performing in northern New Mexico with Instinct Jazz Quartet. $25/hr.