KU Jazz Ensemble I with special guest Renee Rosnes, piano

Directed by Dan Gailey

Renee Rosnes is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. Upon moving to New York City from Vancouver, Canada, in 1986, she established a reputation as a major talent, touring and recording with bands led by such esteemed artists as Joe Henderson, Buster Williams, J.J. Johnson, James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Wayne Shorter and the Ron Carter Quartet. She is a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective, with whom she toured for six years.

With 15 recordings as a leader to date, and the winner of four Juno Awards (Canadian equivalent to the Grammy Awards), Rosnes has composed more than one hundred works, receiving commissions from Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Tisch Center for the Arts, the Danish Radio as well as SFJAZZ.

She will perform with the University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble I led by Dan Gailey, director of Jazz Studies. The ensemble has received numerous DownBeat Student Music Awards, including Best College Jazz Ensemble in 2015 and the Outstanding Performance Award in 2017.

“Renee Rosnes delivers conceptual heft, suspenseful compositions and mesmerizing performances.” — JazzTimes

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