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Michele Rosewoman Michele Rosewoman

Ms. Rosewoman was born in Oakland, CA where she started playing piano at age six and studied jazz traditions with the great pianist/organist Ed Kelly. In her late teens she began playing percussion and studying Cuban/Haitian folkloric idioms. By the time she moved to New York in 1978, she had already performed at major venues in the San Francisco Bay Area with her own ensembles and with Julian Priester, Julius Hemphill, Baikida Carroll and Oliver Lake and other fellow jazz innovators. In New York Rosewoman formed new ensembles and continued to present her music while collaborating with Rufus Reid, Reggie Workman, Freddie Waits, James Spaulding, Billy Hart, Carlos Ward and others as well as with Cuban master drummer/vocalist, Orlando ‘Puntilla’ Rios, and other musicians in the folkloric community.

In 1983 she received an NEA grant to form the pioneering 14-piece ensemble “New Yor- Uba, A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America” that debuted at The Public Theater that December and appeared at festivals throughout Europe in 1984. That year she made her recording debut as pianist and arranger for the Cuban songo group, Los Kimy. Her experience as a percussionist continues to shape many aspects of her music. In the Latin music genre, Rosewoman has performed with Puntilla’s “Nueva Generacion,” Celia Cruz, Paquito D’Rivera, Daniel Ponce and Chocolate among others.

Rosewoman received the ASCAP/Meet the Composer Commission for Emerging Composers that year (awarded by Dizzy Gillespie, Marian McPartland and Lester Bowie) resulting in a new work per-formed by the 40-piece Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and a quintet of improvisers, including Rufus Reid, Greg Osby and Howard Johnson.

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Summary of Qualifications

Thirty years diverse professional experience performing and recording

Extensive experience as enesmble leader, organizing and leading ensembles ranging from trio to 15-piece

Thirty years experience writing and arranging for standard and non-standard ensembles, including percussion-based ensembles and full orchestra

Twenty-six years teaching experience providing master classes, ensemble classes, vocal workshops, individual and group instruction in piano technique, theory and composition

Recipient of numerous grants and honors as a composer and performer

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Albums

Album A Celebration of Cuba in America by Michele Rosewoman

A Celebration of Cuba...

Advance Dance Disques
2013

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New Yor-Uba

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest
2013

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Album The In Side Out by Michele Rosewoman

The In Side Out

Advance Dance Disques
2006

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Spirit

Enja Records
1996

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Quintessence

Enja Records
1994

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Warm

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Michele Rosewoman
The In Side Out

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