by: Daniel Azouley
Celebrated jazz pianist and composer Renee Rosnes will perform at the first concert of Afternoon Music’s 2019-2020 season at 4 p.m., Sunday, October 27, in Beacon’s acoustically excellent sanctuary.
Rosnes will be backed by Grammy-winning bassist Todd Coolman, with whom she played for 20 years in the James Moody Quartet. Both are New Jersey resident, Rosnes in West Orange and Coolman in Denville.
Rosnes is one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. Upon moving to New York City from Vancouver, 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 Ron Carter. She was a founding member of the all-star ensemble, the SFJAZZ Collective.
Her 2016 recording Written in the Rocks (Smoke Sessions) was named one of the ten Best Jazz Albums of the Year by The Chicago Tribune, one of the Best Albums in all genres of music by The Nation and was honored with a 2017 Canadian Juno Award. She tours internationally with the Ron Carter Quartet Foursight and is pianist and musical director for the brilliant all-star all-woman septet ARTEMIS.
“Ms. Rosnes delivers conceptual heft, suspenseful compositions and mesmerizing performances,” wrote JazzTimes.
She is married to pianist Bill Charlap, and the duo was featured on four tracks from the Grammy winning album, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining, The Songs of Jerome Kern. www.reneerosnes.com
Virtuoso bassist Todd Coolman has performed and/or recorded with a virtual Who’s Who of jazz artists including Horace Silver, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Ahmad Jamal and Art Farmer, as well as Renee. Collectables on Sunnyside Records is his fourth and most recent CD, on which he leads his own trio, Trifecta.
Coolman is on the faculty at the jazz studies program at SUNY Purchase and at the Skidmore Jazz Institute. www.toddcoolman.me
The audience is invited to meet the artists at a reception after the performance.
Afternoon Music’s next two concerts are Red Thread Blue Thread: A Tapestry of Song with tenor Rufus Müller and pianist Kayo Iwama, on January 30, and the Philadelphia-based chamber music ensemble Elysian Camerata on April 19.
Afternoon Music tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. Subscriptions to all three concerts are $65 and $50 for seniors. Students are welcome free.
For advance tickets, send a check made out to Afternoon Music to Afternoon Music at Beacon, 4 Waldron Avenue, Summit, NJ, 07901.
The series is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.
For more information about the concer, call (908) 273-2899.