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Renee Rosnes, Pianist
Renee Rosnes has emerged as one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. Having toured and recorded with Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, Bobby Hutcherson, the SFJAZZ Collective, and James Moody among others, her résumé reads like a who's who of jazz.
Born in Canada, Rosnes grew up in North Vancouver, B.C., where she attended Handsworth Secondary School. She was three when she began taking classical piano lessons, and became interested in jazz music in high school. She then attended the University of Toronto, where she pursued classical performance with pianist William Aide. In 1985, Rosnes was awarded a Canada Council of the Arts grant, and moved to New York City to further her studies. After saxophonist Joe Henderson hired her to play with his quartet, she began an international career.
As a leader, Rosnes has released twelve critically acclaimed recordings, which have garnered four Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy). Rosnes was also honored by SOCAN as Composer of the Year in 2003. Her 2008 release, Black Narcissus (M&I Records), is a trio recording celebrating the music of tenor master Joe Henderson, and was the recent recipient of a Gold Disc Award by Japan's Swing Journal Magazine.
In 2010, Blue Note Records released Double Portrait, a duet recording with her husband and fellow virtuoso Bill Charlap.