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Michele Rosewoman

Michele Rosewoman

Jazz New York, NY  US
Where Water Meets Sky
Vamp for Ochun/ New Yor-Uba, A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America


  • 2015

    Dec 8

    San Francisco, CA, US | 8:00pm

    Contact: Lori Brown FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (415) 239-3580 lbrown@ccsf.edu or David Hardiman, Jr. (415) 920 - 6141 Event: PIANIST/COMPOSER MICHELE ROSEWOMAN CCSF JAZZ BANDS’ FALL CONCERT Date: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015 Time: 8 -10 PM Place: DIEGO RIVERA THEATRE Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112 FREE! All events are FREE and the public is especially invited to hear these talented students perform with a renowned headliner. Sponsors: The Music Department and Concert & Lecture Series Your $5 Student Activities fee helps support these events Jazz Pianist/Composer Michele Rosewoman, was born in Oakland and began playing the piano at age six. In her late teens she began playing percussion and studying Cuban and Haitian folkloric rhythm and vocal traditions. She is most notable for her work and recordings with her Quintessence and New Yor-Uba ensemble. Ms. Rosewoman was deeply influenced by Oakland-based pianist/organist Ed Kelly and, before moving to New York in 1978, led several jazz groups in the Oakland area, and performed with Baikida Carroll, Julius Hemphill and Julian Priester. Also known for her work as a sidewoman on recordings by such artists as Greg Osby, Billy Bang and Ralph Peterson, in New York Ms. Rosewoman played with post-avant-garde musicians Oliver Lake and Billy Bang, as well as with straight-ahead jazz masters Freddie Waits, Rufus Reid, Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath, Reggie Workman, Billy Harper and Latin music greats such as Celia Cruz, Chocolate Armenteros, Nicky Marrero, Paquito D'Rivera, Daniel Ponce and many others. Ms. Rosewoman has released nine albums, including five with Quintessence and several trio and quartet recordings. Her New Yor-Uba ensemble, featuring Orlando "Puntilla" Rios until his passing in 2008, is an Afro-Cuban jazz big band that Rosewoman founded in 1983. It released its first album in 2013, in celebration of its 30th anniversary which was voted #1 Latin Jazz Recording of 2013 by the NPR Critics Poll. Ms. Rosewoman will play with the famed Advanced Jazz Band and The Jazz/Rock Improvisational Workshop, both directed by David Anthony Hardiman, Jr. who also teaches a jazz history class at City College. David Hardiman, Sr. will be the emcee. For Disability Access Information CALL (415) 241- 2281 CCSF-approved for posting

  • 2015

    Nov 15

    New York, NY, US | 6:00pm
  • 2015

    Oct 22

    New York, NY, US | 9:00pm
  • 2014

    Jan 11

    New York, NY, US | 6:00pm

    Part of Winter Jazzfest, you can get a festival pass to 9 venues for marathon music on January 11th.

  • 2012

    Nov 2

    Oakland, CA, US | 7:18pm


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  • Obi Kaye (Artist)
    Obi Kaye
    Wow... Incredible grooves! Great stuff.
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  • Liquid Jazz Laboratory (Label)
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    Great stuff. Who is this band? Great arrangements and solos. The whole package!


  • Quintessence Chicago Jazz Festival 2007
  • Quintessence in Portugal
  • Quintessence at Swarthmore College


Label: Enja, Blue Note Records, Evidence Music, Toshiba EMI, Advance Dance Disques, Habana/Harlem®

Bio: 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 w...See Full Bio

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"If there's an inherent paradox separating the music of avant piano pioneer Cecil Taylor and veteran pop superstars Earth, Wind & Fire, nobody ever mentioned it to pianist-composer Michele Rosewoman. Her music can go just about anywhere. Witness how stylistic limitations can evaporate at the behest of finesse."

— Time Out Magazine

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