Jazz Quartet to perform at Bowdoin
Renee Rosnes, touted as one of contemporary jazz's finest pianists, will
sweep into Bowdoin off of a Carnegie Hall appearance in New York City
and give a master class prior to the performance Saturday night. The quartet
is also composed of her husband Billy Drummond on drums, Walt Weiskopf
on saxophone, and Doug Weiss on bass. Critics have described the group
as "alacritous," "subtle," and "graceful."
Her recent album, Art and Soul, is her sixth release with Blue
Note records, capturing what her website calls "imaginative and soulful
a diverse collection of tunes-from the Beatles to Bartok, from Ornette
Coleman to Duke Ellington-with her distinctive touch." Art and
Soul is critically acclaimed as one of the best contemporary jazz
albums of the last several years.
Rosnes's headliner recording career began in 1989 with her self-titled
debut album, but her roots are buried much deeper. She began studying
the piano at age three and the violin at five. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan,
she grew up in Vancouver and studied music at the University of Toronto.
However, she developed her jazz talents in the local clubs and on Canadian
radio. In 1986 she moved to New York to unofficially study under living
legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and other experienced musicians
of the city's diverse and active scene. She has performed with other musical
greats such as Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joe Henderson, and Buster
Music columnist Bob Young of the Boston Globe commented that "Rosnes
has carved out for herself a reputation as one of jazz's new bright lights.
She has impressed veterans of the bebop and free jazz wars with a crisp,
uncluttered approach to improvisation that respects, but doesn't genuflect
to, the music of the past...Her exposure to a variety of artists has prodded
her to develop a clear voice all her own." Such praise of Rosnes's
music is typical, and she has rapidly secured a place for herself as a
mainstay in the modern jazz world.
Bowdoin's Kresge Auditorium in the Visual Arts Center will host Renee
Rosnes and her Jazz Quartet at 7:30 p.m. this coming Saturday, November
3. The concert is part of the Bowdoin College Department of Music Concert
Series. Tickets for the show are available at the Smith Union Information
Desk and are free with a Bowdoin ID.