Before moving to New York from Oakland Pianist/Composer/Educator Michele Rosewoman performed at major venues in the Bay Area with artists such as Julian Priester, Julius Hemphill and Oliver Lake, as well as with her own ensembles. She studied jazz traditions with pianist Edwin Kelly and Cuban folkloric music with master percussionists. Rosewoman’s New York ensembles have consistently brought together some of the most inventive voices in contemporary jazz including Greg Osby, Miguel Zenon and Gary Thomas among others. She has also continued to nurture associations with artists such as Rufus Reid, Reggie Workman, James Spaulding and Billy Hart. Her pioneering New Yor-Uba ensemble is a lasting tribute to her work with master drummer/vocalist Orlando ‘Puntilla’ Rios.
Michele has released numerous CD's and received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for the formation of her New Yor-Uba ensemble (which integrates Cuban folkloric music and contemporary jazz); the 1983 ASCAP / Meet the Composer Commission, resulting in a work performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra; and a 2003 and 2008 Chamber Music America/Doris Duke New Works Grant for her highly acclaimed Quintessence ensemble, which was formed in 1986.