Rose Colella / Press

“Standing tall and cool in front of a small combo, the Chicago vocalist Rose Colella plumbs the Great American Songbook for her repertory, from Irving Berlin and the Gershwins through Cole Porter and Frank Loesser. In this respect, she fits the mold of many modern jazz singers. But most vocalists did not learn these tunes from their grandmothers — and their grandmothers did not learn them from Ella Fitzgerald. (Click the link to read entire article.)”

“I had the pleasure of visiting a jam session hosted by jazz vocalist Rose Colella. It was held at the legendary Jazz Showcase. After the final set was played, I took some time speak to her. Rose is a lovely lady, blessed with height and an incredible singing voice. Her gentle, engaging presence is warm and friendly—the type of person you’ve never met, yet always known. After waltzing through the chairs and tables closest to the stage we engaged in a very memorable exchange. I simply asked her, “Why did you choose to do this?” Rose explained that these sessions were “a great way to meet some other talented musicians in the city”. In her mind, jam sessions are simply a continuum of the jazz movement that will evolve and nurture talent.”

"Rose Colella, on the other hand, is an unabashed Jazz singer. She does her standards on [Small Hours] in a coolly coquettish and swinging manner with a simple backing of featherlight, boppish guitar and heavy riding bass. Effland really comes to the fore with his slipp...ery solo on “You Stepped Out A Dream” while Colella brings lowdown sass to “Blossom’s Blues” and shines on the bright bossa nova rhythm of “Never Will I Marry.” The songs and style are familiar but Colella does fine putting them across."

Jerome Wilson - Cadence Magazine

“Rose Colella's voice is very much exposed throughout Small Hours for she is accompanied by just the tasteful guitarist Dan Effland and bassist Joe Policastro. But there is no reason to worry for she has a relaxed and thoughtful style (even on medium tempo tunes), sings perfectly in tune, and displays a quietly appealing voice. She also knows how to use space well as she shows throughout ten standards and Blossom Dearie's “Blossom's Blues.” Whether it is “After You've Gone,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Never Will I Marry” or “You Do Something To Me,” Rose Colella delivers a sincere and very musical message, paying tribute to the lyrics and the melody while putting a bit of her confident calmness into the music. This fine outing is available from www.rosecolella.com” ”

Scott Yanow - LA Jazz Scene

““Take a peek through any listings for artists appearing at venues around Chicago and you’re bound to see Rose Colella’s name come up. Not just once in a while, either. She’s out and about singing and charming her way through sets multiple times every week. So much so that it’s frankly shocking to think that she only recently put out her debut album, The Small Hours. (Click the link to read entire article.)”

“In the age of American Idol, singers are often unfortunately graded on how hard they can belt. Rose Colella sings with understated nuance in a way that brings to mind Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn, and Billie Holiday. Colella does not use a song’s lyrics as a “show off” vehicle, she massages each lyric with deep musical sensitivity and emotional maturity. She uses a gentle whisper to caress a melody or a tasteful touch of vibrato on the end of a note and one can almost imagine her singing in a crowded, smoke-filled Chicago ballroom of days past. Colella, in fact, is well aware of days past when it comes to her own family tree. The New York Times recently did a feature on Rose and her grandmother, Lola Bard, who was also an elegant Chicago jazz singer with ties to Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter Bobby Hackett, and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. In fact, Colella owns and operates an entertainment agency, Lola Bard Productions, that is dedicated to the memory of her grandmother.”

““Chicago-based singer Rose Colella tackles an array of American Songbook chestnuts on this debut CD, released in mid-2009. She’s a veteran of quite of a few of the Windy City’s jazz clubs and bistros, and has a pleasant, enjoyable voice. My favorite tunes of the 11 tracks are “After You’ve Gone” and Blossom Dearie’s “Blossom’s Blues.” This project with guitarist Dan Effland and bassist Joe Policastro is a splendid showcase for Effland’s inventive playing and solo artistry. Colella comes by her love of song quite honestly. Her grandmother, and label namesake, Lola Bard was a 1930s singer who recorded with Bobby Hackett and The Original Dixieland Jazz Band.””

Ken Franckling - Jazz Notes (CDs of Note)