Michele Rosewoman

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Greetings to All,

New Yor-Uba has completed our second recording in the studio. The featured works on what will be our 2018 /35th anniversary release include:
* an extensive CMA commissioned work, "Oru de Oro", based on the sacred Oru Seco--a series of complex rhythms and transitions played for 23 Orishas (deities)
*"Alabanza", a composition originally written for big band and recorded by Arturo O'Farrill's ALJO in Cuba with myself on piano.
garnering the Latin Grammy award. Now, we present it in the context of the New Yor-Uba ensemble.
* a suite for the deity known as Oya, featuring Roman Diaz and Nina Rodriguez on vocals.

Come hear the commissioned work on January 7--free to the public:
COMING UP
January 7 2018
Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba To Perform Latest Commssioned Work at Culmination of Chamber Music America Conference

FREE TO THE PUBLIC


Alex Norris Trumpet
Roman Filiu Alto & soprano saxophones
Maria Grand Tenor saxophone
Chris Washburne Trombone & tuba
Michele Rosewoman Piano
Gregg August Acoustic bass
Robby Ameen Drums
Roman Diaz Bata drums
Mauricio Herrera Bata drums
Rafael Monteagudo Bata drums

For More Information

2017
March 17/18/19
Dizzy's Lincoln Center
Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba

Saturdays April 1 and 8
Michele Rosewoman and Quintessence
at The Cell, NYC with
Roman Filiu, saxophones
Liberty Ellman, guitar
Brad Jones, bass
Robby Ameen, drums

April 14
Harvard University
Sacred Bata Concert
With Roman Diaz, Yosvany Terri and others

2017 Recent

February 16
Yale University
Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba

2016

Saturday August 13th 2016
New Yor-Uba performs at the 7th Annual Montclair Jazz Festival.


An off-shoot of the Jazz House Kids Program that has grown into a major festival, this day offers nine hours of world-class jazz in Nishuane Park (Montclair NJ) and a great line-up for what is always a beautiful day in the park, including performances by the Jazz House Kids big bands (truly something to behold / behear), Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Coleman, Christian McBride and others.

Alex Norris, trumpet
Bruce Williams, alto and soprano saxophones
Stacy Dillard, tenor saxophone
Chris Washburne, trombone / bass trombone / tuba
Nina Rodriguez, lead vocals
Michele Rosewoman, piano, vocals
Yunior Terry, bass
Robby Ameen, drums
Roman Diaz, bata / congas/ vocals
Mauricio Herrera, bata / congas/ vocals
Rafael Monteagudo, bata / congas/ vocals

Click here for festival information


Having received a 2016/17 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Commission, I am joyously working on a new piece that will be presented at the Vision Festival, the D.C. Jazz Festival and The Painted Birde in June of 2016. See below for details.

This new work is the natural extension of my deepening studies of Cuban folkloric traditions and will be built around the Oru Seco, which is an important part of spiritual ceremonies. The bata drums will be the center, around which all written elements come and go.

In 2016, I will rebirth my Quintessence ensemble with new personnel. And, as soon as time permits, new music as well. Our first performance in some years will be on May 5 and 12. See below for more details!


Thursdays, May 5 and 12 @ 9PM
JAZZ AT THE CROSSROADS
presents

ZINC BAR's THURSDAY NIGHT RESIDENCIES INNOVATORS: NEW & CLASSIC

MICHELE ROSEWOMAN & QUINTESSENCE

Michele Rosewoman, piano;
Roman Fliliu, alto & soprano saxophones
Liberty Ellman, guitar;
Brad Jones, bass;
Craig Weinrib, drums;

Former Quintessence members join with current members of my New Yor-Uba ensemble in this small and musically spacious ensemble setting, for extended conversation.


June 10
VISION FESTIVAL, NYC
New Yor-Uba

June 17
D.C. JAZZ FESTIVAL/CAPITAL BOP
New Yor-Uba

June 18
PAINTED BRIDE ART CENTER, Philadelphia
New Yor-Uba

Michele Rosewoman piano, vocals
Alex Norris trumpet
Roman Filiu alto, soprano saxophones
Stacy Dillard tenor saxophone
Chris Washburne trombone, tuba
Yunior Terry bass
Robby Ameen drums
Roman Diaz bata, congas, vocals
Mauricio Herrera bata, congas, vocals
Rafael Monteagudo bata, congas
Amma McKen vocals


RECENT PAST
Thursday October 22, 2015
Michele Rosewoman/Rufus Reid Duo
Mezzrow in the west village, NYC
Click here for more info

Sunday November 15, 2015
New Yor-Uba at the Pangea Jazz Festival

New York Festival of World Jazz

New Yor-Uba Performs At One-Day Marathon World Jazz Festival
10pm at DROM, East Village NYC

Personnel:
Alex Norris, trumpet
Roman Filiu, alto/soprano saxophones
Stacy Dillard, tenor saxophone
Chris Washburne, trombone/tuba
Michele Rosewoman, piano/vocals
Yunior Terry, bass
Robby Ameen, drums
Abraham Rodriguez, bata/vocals
Gene Golden, bata
Xavier Rivera, bata
Nina Rodriguez, lead vocals
Click here for more info

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!

NEW JAZZ WORKS
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.


2015
NEW YOR_UBA AT DIZZY'S JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER AND THE KENNEDY CENTER!r!

2015
New Yor-Uba dates for the spring include:
March 21st The Egg, Albany NY

March 27,28,29 Dizzy's Lincoln Center, NYC

May 8 Joe's Pub, NYC

May 15 The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 20th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival


December 1st, 2014

Greetings to all,
Here is some information on upcoming activities that I am greatly looking forward to
.
Trip to Cuba with Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
As one in a special array of American and Cuban guest composers and musicians invited to write for and/or perform with the ALJO, I will be accompanying the orchestra in mid-December on a trip to Cuba where we will perform (Havana Jazz Festival) and record new music. Guests include myself, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dafnis Prieto, Cotó, Adel Gonzalez, Michel Herrera, Yassek Monzano Alexis Bosch and Bobby Carcasses. Am honored to be a part of this wonderful project and looking forward to hearing the manifestation of "Alabanza", espsecially written for this context and destined to be a part of the New Yor-Uba repertoire as well.

New Yor-Uba has some great dates coming up in the spring of 2015 including the following:

March 21st The Egg, Albany NY
March 27,28,29 Dizzy's Lincoln Center, NYC
May 8 OR 9 Joe's Pub, NYC
May 15 The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 20th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival



May 2014
Am back from Cuba with much to digest and tell. More to come soon. Meanwhile, some dates in June:

Friday June 13 2014
Michele Rosewoman's Time In Textures Quartet.
featuring Liberty Ellman/guitar
Gregg August, bass
Jazz Gallery, NYC

Saturday June 28th
Pianist Michele Rosewoman joins the cast of Jazz Forum @ 35!.
Jazz Forum @ 35! Featured Event of the 2014 Blue Note Jazz Festival!
At Skirball Center For The Performing Arts (NYU Skirball Center) – Show at 8PM
Produced By Mark Morganelli
A musical reunion and celebration concert featuring over two dozen artists, all of whom had performed at the Jazz Forum (50 Cooper Square and/or 648 Broadway) between 1979 and 1983.
Featured Artists: Michele Rosewoman, Bob Mover, Lee Konitz, Kenny Barron, Larry Willis, Vic Juris, Dave Stryker, Jon Burr, Cameron Brown, Sonny Fortune, Billy Hart, Marion Cowings, Jon Hendricks,Charli Persip, Thelonious Sphere Monk, Candido, David Amram, Bobby Sanabria,Harvie S, Wallace Roney, Steve Turre, Ronnie Cuber, Michael Carvin, Valery Ponomarev, and Ray Drummond plus more TBA.


April 2015
Heading to Cuba for further immersion and studies.


February 2014
What a year. Thanks to everybody for everything.

Jazz TImes extended Critics Poll results bring New Yor-Uba in as one of the 4 best large ensembles of 2013. Their CD review states:
"The best Latin jazz project in recent memory is this double-disc celebrating the 30th anniversary of
pianist-vocalist Rosewoman's esoteric yet quintessentially NYC ensemble.
Delightful melody, spine-tingling abstractions and a sagae sense of groove argue for
Rosewoman's place among the music's brightest composer-arrangers."

News Alerts!
"Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba, 30 Years. A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America"
#1 LATIN JAZZ ALBUM OF 2013 on NPR JAZZ CRITICS POLL!

Also:
#25 on NPR CRITICS POLL Top 50 Best Releases of the Year
#14 on JAZZTIMES CRITICS POLL Best Releases of the Year

Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba concert at Dizzy'sCoca Cola:
NEW YORK TIMES Best Concerts of the Year


DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE **** 1/2 STAR REVIEW in January 2014 Issue

JAZZTIMES MAGAZINE feature in January 2014 Issue


UPCOMING
January 11, 2014
NYC Winter Jazzfest10
Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba will perform at the Bitter End at 6pm

Alex Norris-. Trumpet
Immanuel Wilkins - alto, sop saxophones
Stacy Dillard -Tenor saxophone
Vincent Gardner. Trombone
Joe Exley-Tuba
Michele Rosewoman - Piano
Gregg August - Bass
Tyshawbpn Sorey. - Drums
Roman Diaz.- Bata, congas, vocals
Nicky Laboy. - Bata, congas, vocals
Gene Golden. Bata, congas
Nina Rodriguez - vocals

2013
GREETINGS TO ALL!
Am honored to have been nominated in 5 categories in the JazzTimes Readers Poll, for Best Artist of the Year, Best New Release, Best Big-Band/Large Ensemble, Best Composer and Best Arranger. This is an honor for sure!

Vote if you want to, December 2nd is the last day.
http://madavor.polldaddy.com/s/jazztimes-readers-poll-2013

Will be at the Kennedy Center performing solo piano as part of the NPR A Jazz Piano Christmas Program, with other soloists including Andy Bey, Stanley Cowell and Sullivan Fortner. Here is a feature article that just came out in the Washington Post.
CLICK HERE TO READ

This year has been a whirlwind-- Jan-Oct of 2013 was the gestation of a new life, literally 9 months with 100% focus on this project--to give birth to this moment and this music, the release of New Yor-Uba, 30 Years/ A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America.

We celebrate our 30th year with the release of our debut CD. From the Kickstarter Project that helped to fund it to the numerous rehearsals, pre-studio performance, days in the studio and post studio performance, CD release and CD release events at Lake George Jazz Festival and DIzzy's Lincoln Center, now that it has landed, I'm riding the wave, as great reviews, press features and response comes in. WIth numerous reviews in the New York TImes, Wall Street Journal, Jazziz and NPR among many others, we have reviews and features yet to come in Jazz Times, Downbeat and on NPR radio/Fresh AIr.

Please explore our music. You can hear track samples on my New Yor-Uba page and you can purchase the CD here, at CD Baby, Amazon, etc..

Pesented a small ensemble version of New Yor-Uba on Nov 22 in NYC, I will perform solo piano at the Kennedy Center Jazz PIano Christmas event on Dec 7 alongside pianists Andy Bey, Stanley Cowell and Sullivan Fortner. And New Yor-Uba will perform on January 11 2013 at NY Winterfest. Please see my itinerary for details.


2012

2012 was full of interesting projects with more to come. West Coast performances and workshops, an extensive interview with bassist Jonah Jonathon and Summer Jazz Workshop with the JazzHouse Kids were fruitful in every way. Upcoming projects include concerts in September and November and great things ahead for 2013.

Upcoming Dates

October 12
Workshop at and performance fundraiser for the Clef Club in Philadelphia, run by the great educator Lovett Hines.


Following the ensemble's well-received 2010 debut at Roulette, I have several dates this fall with my "Time in Textures" Trio, featuring guitarist Liberty Ellman and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. In this context, I am joined by two of the most multi-dimensional young artists of our time to explore the nuances of sound textures, time and space. See below for concert information:

November 9
Firehouse 12
New Haven, CT
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

November 17
Four for the Apple at the 92nd Street Y
New York, NY
ksmithpr@earthlink.net
917 349 8090

News Alerts!
"Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba, 30 Years. A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America"
#1 LATIN JAZZ ALBUM OF 2013 on NPR JAZZ CRITICS POLL!

Also:
#25 on NPR CRITICS POLL Top 50 Best Releases of the Year
#14 on JAZZTIMES CRITICS POLL Best Releases of the Year

Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba concert at Dizzy'sCoca Cola:
NEW YORK TIMES Best Concerts of the Year


DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE **** 1/2 STAR REVIEW in January 2014 Issue

JAZZTIMES MAGAZINE feature in January 2014 Issue


UPCOMING
January 11, 2014
NYC Winter Jazzfest10
Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba will perform at the Bitter End at 6pm

Alex Norris-. Trumpet
Immanuel Wilkins - alto, sop saxophones
Stacy Dillard -Tenor saxophone
Vincent Gardner. Trombone
Joe Exley-Tuba
Michele Rosewoman - Piano
Gregg August - Bass
Tyshawbpn Sorey. - Drums
Roman Diaz.- Bata, congas, vocals
Nicky Laboy. - Bata, congas, vocals
Gene Golden. Bata, congas
Nina Rodriguez - vocals

2013
GREETINGS TO ALL!
Am honored to have been nominated in 5 categories in the JazzTimes Readers Poll, for Best Artist of the Year, Best New Release, Best Big-Band/Large Ensemble, Best Composer and Best Arranger. This is an honor for sure!

Vote if you want to, December 2nd is the last day.
http://madavor.polldaddy.com/s/jazztimes-readers-poll-2013

Will be at the Kennedy Center performing solo piano as part of the NPR A Jazz Piano Christmas Program, with other soloists including Andy Bey, Stanley Cowell and Sullivan Fortner. Here is a feature article that just came out in the Washington Post.
CLICK HERE TO READ


This year has been a whirlwind-- Jan-Oct of 2013 was the gestation of a new life, literally 9 months with 100% focus on this project--to give birth to this moment and this music, the release of New Yor-Uba, 30 Years/ A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America.

We celebrate our 30th year with the release of our debut CD. From the Kickstarter Project that helped to fund it to the numerous rehearsals, pre-studio performance, days in the studio and post studio performance, CD release and CD release events at Lake George Jazz Festival and DIzzy's Lincoln Center, now that it has landed, I'm riding the wave, as great reviews, press features and response comes in. WIth numerous reviews in the New York TImes, Wall Street Journal, Jazziz and NPR among many others, we have reviews and features yet to come in Jazz Times, Downbeat and on NPR radio/Fresh AIr.

Please explore our music. You can hear track samples on my New Yor-Uba page and you can purchase the CD here, at CD Baby, Amazon, etc..

Will presented a small ensemble version of New Yor-Uba on Nov 22 in NYC, I will perform solo piano at the Kennedy Center Jazz PIano Christmas event on Dec 7 alongside pianists Andy Bey, Stanley Cowell and Sullivan Fortner. And New Yor-Uba will perform on January 11 2013 at NY Winterfest. Please see my itinerary for details.


2012

2012 was full of interesting projects with more to come. West Coast performances and workshops, an extensive interview with bassist Jonah Jonathon and Summer Jazz Workshop with the JazzHouse Kids were fruitful in every way. Upcoming projects include concerts in September and November and great things ahead for 2013.

Upcoming Dates

October 12
Workshop at and performance fundraiser for the Clef Club in Philadelphia, run by the great educator Lovett Hines.


Following the ensemble's well-received 2010 debut at Roulette, I have several dates this fall with my "Time in Textures" Trio, featuring guitarist Liberty Ellman and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. In this context, I am joined by two of the most multi-dimensional young artists of our time to explore the nuances of sound textures, time and space. See below for concert information:

November 9
Firehouse 12
New Haven, CT
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

November 17
Four for the Apple at the 92nd Street Y
New York, NY
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO:

An extensive interview posted on youtube conducted by bassist Jonah Jonathon

CLICK HERE TO SEE INTERVIEW


"New Yor-Uba"
Exciting news regarding New Yor-Uba to come in the very near future. For all those who have stood by, inquired, appreciated, stayed in touch and waited, it's gonna happen! And we will need you! 2013 will be our 30th anniversary. It's gonna be a GREAT year for us. Stand by for details and we hope you will get involved.

New Yor-Uba debuted in 1983 and featured Orlando 'Puntilla' Rio, ibae, until his passing 4 years ago. New Yor-Uba is dedicated to his memory. He inspired the formation of my ensemble, informed all of us on a most profound level and is profoundly missed by all. . Ever-present, we thank and dedicate the soon-to-be announced events to our friend, musical and spiritual guide and associate, Orlando Rios. For 4 years now, New Yor-Uba features the monstrous Pedrito Martinez and we move ahead with gratitude and respect for the foundation given us by the master.


JazzHouse Kids August recap
JazzHouse Kids was ridiculous this year -in the best of ways. The level , the energy, the enthusiasm, the joy of working with young talent. Lots of photos at my Facebook page that show the rapture. A unique Quintessence configuration consisting of faculty members Julius Toloentino, MIke Lee, Andy McKee and the ensemble's regular drummer, Tyshawn Sorey (who came out of this very program) performed on August 18th in NIshuan Park in Montclair at the Montclair Jazz Festival. We were one of several groups performing, others included Joe Lovano with Christian McBride and Billy Drummond--and the JazzHouse Kids big bands. What a great day in the park.

West Coast June recap
My west coast ventures are lately so joyful, this time especially. The intermediate/advanced piano master class at the Jazz School was full and each pianist had an individual voice and mastery. I find that the Bay Area is uniquely full of adults who are making a comeback or who are on a quest to regenerate and renew. All of which is in keeping with the general lifestyle and outlook of the constantly evolving Bay Area, which has always been a frontier for creativity and for change: never too late to grow, evolve, begin again.

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, now in its 15th year, has earned its place in jazz history. Jessica Felix has personally been behind the expansion in musical taste of an entire community and she has little by little prepared them to receive the full spectrum of our music. Always rooted in tradition, the lineups have begun to consistently include more contemporary voices that seem to be popular in what was once an area with very conservative tastes in music. The time I spent there was satisfying in so many ways. My trio with Billy Hart, Andy McKee and special guest Julian Priester was super well - received; great turnout, standing ovation, etc... Many musicians spent the weekend there, as Ms. Felix sets it up in this way to encourage the 'hang'. Precious time spent with Julian Priester was very enlightening and learning and performing his music was a great experience. Musicians had time to take in each other's performances and to enjoy each other's company. Throughout the weekend I saw many who attended our presentation and was able to personally receive a lot of warm and interesting feedback. Kudos to Jessica--this was a first for me and is a tribute to her vision, which reinforces our jazz community in every sense.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A CLIP FROM PERFORMANCE

An extensive interview posted on youtube conducted by bassist Jonah Jonathon

CLICK HERE TO SEE INTERVIEW


"New Yor-Uba"
Exciting news regarding New Yor-Uba to come in the very near future. For all those who have stood by, inquired, appreciated, stayed in touch and waited, it's gonna happen! And we will need you! 2013 will be our 30th anniversary. It's gonna be a GREAT year for us. Stand by for details and we hope you will get involved.

New Yor-Uba debuted in 1983 and featured Orlando 'Puntilla' Rio, ibae, until his passing 4 years ago. New Yor-Uba is dedicated to his memory. He inspired the formation of my ensemble, informed all of us on a most profound level and is profoundly missed by all. . Ever-present, we thank and dedicate the soon-to-be announced events to our friend, musical and spiritual guide and associate, Orlando Rios. For 4 years now, New Yor-Uba features the monstrous Pedrito Martinez and we move ahead with gratitude and respect for the foundation given us by the master.


JazzHouse Kids August recap
JazzHouse Kids was ridiculous this year -in the best of ways. The level , the energy, the enthusiasm, the joy of working with young talent. Lots of photos at my Facebook page that show the rapture. A unique Quintessence configuration consisting of faculty members Julius Toloentino, MIke Lee, Andy McKee and the ensemble's regular drummer, Tyshawn Sorey (who came out of this very program) performed on August 18th in NIshuan Park in Montclair at the Montclair Jazz Festival. We were one of several groups performing, others included Joe Lovano with Christian McBride and Billy Drummond--and the JazzHouse Kids big bands. What a great day in the park.

West Coast June recap
My west coast ventures are lately so joyful, this time especially. The intermediate/advanced piano master class at the Jazz School was full and each pianist had an individual voice and mastery. I find that the Bay Area is uniquely full of adults who are making a comeback or who are on a quest to regenerate and renew. All of which is in keeping with the general lifestyle and outlook of the constantly evolving Bay Area, which has always been a frontier for creativity and for change: never too late to grow, evolve, begin again.

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival, now in its 15th year, has earned its place in jazz history. Jessica Felix has personally been behind the expansion in musical taste of an entire community and she has little by little prepared them to receive the full spectrum of our music. Always rooted in tradition, the lineups have begun to consistently include more contemporary voices that seem to be popular in what was once an area with very conservative tastes in music. The time I spent there was satisfying in so many ways. My trio with Billy Hart, Andy McKee and special guest Julian Priester was super well - received; great turnout, standing ovation, etc... Many musicians spent the weekend there, as Ms. Felix sets it up in this way to encourage the 'hang'. Precious time spent with Julian Priester was very enlightening and learning and performing his music was a great experience. Musicians had time to take in each other's performances and to enjoy each other's company. Throughout the weekend I saw many who attended our presentation and was able to personally receive a lot of warm and interesting feedback. Kudos to Jessica--this was a first for me and is a tribute to her vision, which reinforces our jazz community in every sense.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A CLIP FROM PERFORMANCE

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