Michele Rosewoman

Honors & Achievements

Honors, Awards and Features

2020 Recipient of a Jazz Coalition Commission

2020 Recipient of a Mutual Mentorship for Musicians Commission

2016 Latin Jazz Grammy Winner
Ms. Rosewoman is a 2016 Latin JazzGrammy Winner for "Alabanza", her contribution as pianist and composer to the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra recording (ALJO), 'Cuba, The Conversation Continues'.

NEWS ALERT July 13, 2015
New Yor-Uba receives a Chamber Music America New Works Commission

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals announced the recipients of its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles

--and I am excited to share that my New Yor-Uba ensemble is one of them!

Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
A total of $277,000 was awarded to nine jazz ensembles through the New Jazz Works program, which supports the creation of new works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists and helps assure that these compositions will be heard through live performances and recordings.

Michele Rosewoman and Quintessence were recipients of a 2008 (and 2003) Chamber Music America New Works: Creation and Presentation Grant, a component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project.

Michele and Quintessence were also recipients of the first Chamber Music America Encore grant (2006) which provided the means for further presentation of her 2003 commissioned work. "Advance Dance' was presented at the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle and at the Transart Jazz Festival in the Hudson Valley.

Ms. Rosewoman received an award from the City of Oakland during the city's 150th birthday celebration, recognizing outstanding contributions to the arts by Oakland natives. Other recipients include her mentor, pianist/organist Ed Kelly, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Sheila E, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Dorothy Morrison, The Gospel Hummingbirds, Oakland East Bay Symphony, John Handy, Edwin Hawkins, Bishop Walter Hawkins, members of Tower of Power, members of En Vogue and Jimmy McCracklin.

Several extensive online interviews featuring Michele Rosewoman are up at the All About Jazz. Latin Jazz and Jazz Journalist websites.

Articles featuring Michele Rosewoman, among others, include a Cadence Magazine (July 2003) cover story and extensive interview, and a feature article in New York Latina (Volume 10, No. 1, 2004).

Her unique contributions to the evolution of Latin Jazz are acknowledged in a Smithsonian Institute exhibit, entitled "Latin Jazz: la combinacion perfecta" in a time line that traces the evolution of this musical idiom from 1809-2002. See:

Michele and Quintessence debuted her first CMA - commissioned work, "Advance Dance" at the Donnel Library Theater on January 19, 2003 as part of the Chamber Music America Conference Commissioning Showcase. This performance was webcast on the American Music Center's website.

Ms. Rosewoman has been on numerous panels throughout the years including Chamber Music America, New York State Council for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council and Jazz Masters Award Midwest.

Michele and Quintessence were recipients of a 2003 Chamber Music America Community Project Grant and a 2004 Chamber Music America Resicency Grant.

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