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Adonis P. Rose

Adonis Rose, hailed by New Orleans Magazine as a “Contemporary Jazz All Star,” is one of the most sought after drummers in jazz today. He has played with some of the world’s most esteemed jazz artists, from nine-time Grammy winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to three-time Grammy winning vocalist Dianne Reeves to jazz/pop entertainer Harry Connick Jr., himself a three-time Grammy winner. Indeed, Rose’s beats reach further than the jazz world. Pioneering rap group Public Enemy, soul diva Chaka Kahn and the late R&B chart-topper Gerald Levert have asked Rose to tour with them. Born in New Orleans in 1975, Rose was practically raised to be a drummer. His father was a drummer and gave Adonis his first drum set when he was just 2 years old. Even before graduating from New Orleans’ Warren Easton High School, Rose was refining his skills at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and jamming with the likes of Clyde Kerr, who headed the jazz program at the NOCCA, and Nicholas Payton, winner of the 1997 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. After graduating from high school in 1992, Rose toured with trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Rose received a four year scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

On May 22, 2007, Rose will release his first recording in nine years. On the Verge is his third recording on the Criss Cross label, following 1998’s Song for Donise and 1999’s The Unity. During the nine years between The Unity and On the Verge, Rose has spent his time playing and recording with trumpeter Nicholas Payton, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, pianist Ellis Marsalis, and Harry Connick Jr. He recently created and played the drum arrangement’s for Spike Lee’s HBO documentary, “When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts.” Rose’s rhythms have been included on more than 30 recordings during the past decade.

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Teaching Experience University of Texas at Arlington (2007) Arlington High School (2007) Duke University (2007) The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (1995 – 2005) Dillard University (2004 – 2005) The University of New Orleans – Drum Clinics and Master Classes Nationally (2004-2006) Aspen Jazz Camp (2004) New Orleans Recreation Department (2004) Rotterdam Conservatory (2000)