Renee Rosnes

Pianist and Musical Director
"Ms. Rosnes delivers conceptual heft, suspenseful compositions and mesmerizing performances" - JazzTimes
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Renee Rosnes is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. Upon moving to New York City from Vancouver, Canada, she quickly established a reputation of high regard, touring and recording with such masters as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, J.J. Johnson, James Moody and Bobby Hutcherson. She was a charter member of the all-star ensemble, the SFJAZZ Collective, with whom she toured for six years. 

Rosnes has released 18 recordings and has appeared on many others as a sideman. In 2016, Written in the Rocks (Smoke Sessions) was named one of the Best Albums by The Nation, and was awarded a 2017 Canadian Juno (her fifth.) Kinds of Love, which was released in September 2021 (Smoke Sessions) features her dear friends Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Carl Allen and Rogério Boccato.

Over her 30-year career, Rosnes has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, such as Jack DeJohnette, Zakir Hussain, Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Renee Fleming and Nicholas Payton.  Her works have been performed and recorded by J.J. Johnson, Phil Woods, Michael Dease, and the Danish Radio Big Band among others. 

From 2008-2010, Rosnes was the host of The Jazz Profiles, an interview series produced by CBC-Radio and has contributed two cover story interviews for JazzTimes with Wayne Shorter and with Geri Allen.

Rosnes is a member of bassist Ron Carter’s Foursight Quartet, and often performs with her husband, acclaimed pianist Bill Charlap. The couple released Double Portrait (Blue Note) and performed their New York City concert debut in Zankel Hall in spring 2011 as part of The Shape of Jazz series. The piano duo was also featured on the 2016 Grammy Award winning album, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining, The Songs of Jerome Kern (Columbia).