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Renee Rosnes


Renee Rosnes (pianist, composer, arranger) was born Irene Louise Rosnes on March 24,1962 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Vancouver raised and bop influenced Rosnes studied classical piano performance in her early years, taking up jazz in high school. She was awarded a Canada Council Grant for study in New York and while there Rosnes was hired by Joe Henderson and went on to perform with a who’s who of jazz including J.J. Johnson, Wayne Shorter, Jon Faddis and the Drummonds. She is a founding member of the all star octet, the SF Collective. Along with her numerous Juno nominations she has won Junos for Best Traditional Jazz Album in 1992, 1995, 1997 and 2003. Rosnes married fellow pianist Bill Charlap in 2007, and the two perform frequently as a duo.