Jazz Album of the Year: Solo 2017

WINNER

Renee Rosnes

Written in the Rocks

Category:

Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

Year:

2017

Label:

Smoke Sessions*RED

Renee Rosnes is one of the premier pianists of her generation. Growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, she was introduced to jazz by her high school band director, and then attended the University of Toronto’s Classical performance program. In 1986, Rosnes moved to New York, quickly establishing a reputation as a major talent. She has been a member of bands led by Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson and Ron Carter, among others. She was a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective, with whom she toured for six years. With 15 recordings as a leader, Rosnes has written over one hundred compositions, equally skilled at composing and arranging for small or large contexts. She has been commissioned by SFJAZZ, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Tisch Center for the Arts, and the Danish Radio Big Band. As a sideman, she has appeared on over 100 recordings. Her 2016 all-original release Written in the Rocks includes the 7-part Galapagos Suite, which showcases Rosnes at the height of her pianistic and compositional powers. Downbeat magazine stated that “it establishes – or reinforces – that Rosnes is a virtuoso jazz composer” and hailed it as “an exceptional achievement.”