Saturday, Jun 17th, 2017
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Over the course of her 30-year career, Regina-born, New York-based pianist Renee Rosnes has performed and recorded with a “who’s who” of jazz greats including Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, James Moody, and Ron Carter. She is a four-time JUNO award winner including 2017, and has released 16 albums as a leader. The Globe and Mail stated, “The instrument was scarcely large enough to contain her imagination,” and the New York Times has hailed her as “a virtuoso.” Renee will be joined by the renowned bassist (and long-time member of pianist George Shearing’s band), Neil Swainson.
Four-time JUNO award winner, Renee Rosnes is one of the world’s premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. Upon moving to New York City from Vancouver, Canada, she quickly established a reputation of high regard, touring and recording with such masters as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, J.J. Johnson and James Moody, Ron Carter and the SFJAZZ Collective. With 16 recordings as a leader, Renee’s most recent release, Written in the Rocks (Smoke Sessions), reveals her at the height of her pianistic powers. JazzTimes wrote, “Ms. Rosnes delivers conceptual heft, suspenseful compositions and mesmerizing performances,” and Down Beat magazine praised the recording as “an exceptional achievement. It establishes – or reinforces the fact that Rosnes is a virtuoso composer.” The project was also named one of the Best Jazz Albums of the Year by The Chicago Tribune, and one of the Best Albums in all genres of music by The Nation. Ms. Rosnes also frequently performs with her husband, the acclaimed jazz pianist Bill Charlap, and in 2010 the couple released an album of two piano duets, titled Double Portrait (Blue Note).
Four-time Juno award winner, Neil Swainson is among the most respected and accomplished bassists on the jazz scene today. Born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1955, Neil discovered the acoustic bass in high school and primarily taught himself how to play. From 1975 to 1977, he toured Canada with one of the early pioneers of new age music, the flutist Paul Horn. Soon after, Neil relocated east to Toronto where for the next decade, he worked with such Canadian jazz masters as Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Moe Koffman and Peter Appleyard. During this time he was also the bassist of choice for many visiting American musicians including saxophonists James Moody, George Coleman, Lee Konitz, Sonny Stitt and Joe Farrell, pianists Jay McShan, Tommy Flanagan, Joanne Bracken, and guitarists Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis.
Internationally, Neil frequently shared the stage with the innovative and dynamic trumpeter Woody Shaw, touring Europe with him in 1985 and again 1987. He recorded two albums with him: In My Own Sweet Way (In’n Out), and Solid (Muse). Both Shaw and tenor sax legend Joe Henderson were featured on Neil’s 1989 debut album, 49th Parallel (Concord Records), and showcased five Swainson compositions. Valued for his intuitive accompanying skills, harmonic depth, technical prowess and stylistic versatility, Neil also caught the ear of the great, British pianist George Shearing, who invited him to join his band. Neil appeared on over a dozen recordings with the pianist, and together they worked with Canadian composer and arranger Robert Farnon, singers Mel Tormé, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams and Diana Krall. It was a relationship that would last from 1987 until Shearing’s passing in 2011. In 2017, Neil remains as active as ever, recently performing with saxophonist Kirk McDonald – with whom Neil appears on nine of his albums – and also with saxophonist PJ Perry, who was a 2016 recipient of the Order of Canada.
- Renee Rosnes – Piano
- Neil Swainson – Double Bass