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Renee Rosnes (2012)

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Renee Rosnes was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and grew up a thousand miles west in Vancouver, British Columbia. She began taking classical piano lessons at the age of just three. Although she had become interested in jazz while at high school, at the University of Toronto she studied classical performance.

After a period back in Vancouver followed graduation. Then, in 1985, Renee was awarded a Canada Council grant to visit New York for twelve months of study and work. Not long afterwards, Joe Henderson asked her to join his quartet. The next year it was Wayne Shorter's band, then J.J. Johnson's, and then James Moody. She's played with everybody, including six seasons with the SFJAZZ Collective, of which she was a founding member.

As a leader in her own right, Renee has released over a dozen recordings, each rich with her own compositions.

Since the 1990s, Renee has won half a dozen Juno awards, and been nominated for almost as many more, and on CBC she hosted "Jazz Profiles", featuring famous names in Canadian jazz.

In 2007 Renee entered the realm of the two-piano family when she married Bill Charlap.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Oscar Peterson My Favorite Instrument Little Girl Blue Verve
# 2 Wayne Shorter Native Dancer Lillia Columbia
# 3 McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy Blues on the Corner Blue Note
# 4 Joe Henderson Mirror, Mirror Mirror, Mirror Folio
# 5 Elis Regina Essa Muhler O Bebado e a Equilabristo WEA Latina
# 6 Bill Evans Explorations Haunted Heart Riverside
# 7 Miles Davis The Complete Concert: 1964 All of You Columbia
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