Jazz pianist, composer and educator Michele Rosewoman is known for her mixing of jazz and Cuban music. Critics describe her music as a fusion of Afro-Cuban folkloric and post-bop jazz. Listen to her discuss her music with host Chris Cortez this Sunday.
Michele started out here in Oakland playing with her mentor Ed Kelly. In 1978 she moved to New York and founded one of her groups New Yor-uba under a National Endowment for the Arts grant. In 1986 she formed her other group Quintessence. As a leader Michele has recorded eight albums. Michele just finished the premier performance of her piece “Big Bad” at New York’s Symphony space. Prior to that she was teaching workshops at the Jazz School in Berkeley.
Listen to tracks from her latest album is “The In Side Out” on her website at http://www.michelerosewoman.com