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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
    Book Ernest Hemingway, "A Moveable Feast"
    Luxury Item A fully staffed yacht
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    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
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    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Matt Eakle
    15 Dec
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
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    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
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