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.
During this rich and exciting musical time, Mary joined the Space Light Band led by former Albert Ayler bassist Steve Tintweiss with Ken Simon, tenor sax and Lou Grassi, drums.
After listening to the recordings of Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown, she was devoted to 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 New Mexico, she formed the jazz duo Deuce with bassist Joseph Salack in 2002 and they performed at various venues in Taos and Santa Fe.
In 2007, she joined the Fort Collins jazz group IN THE MOMENT and in 2009, they recorded the CD Straight Ahead. They appeared at many different venues in Fort Collins and performed in 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.