Roseanna brings a wealth of swing, melodic improvisation and heartfelt
expression to the jazz idiom. She combines a vibrant energy and spirit,
a deep understanding of the history and theoretical elements of jazz
with her rhythmic, soulful southern roots to produce her own unique
sound and style. Her many CDs have featured Elvin Jones, “Fat Head”
Newman, George Coleman, Al Foster, Kenny Barron, Kenny Werner, Gary
Bartz and Fred Hersch. Roseanna was inducted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall
of Fame in 1998 along with Bob Dorough and John Stubbelfield. This was a
great homecoming and return to her roots.
Roseanna grew up in
Texarkana, AR and moved to Houston, Texas where she was mentored by the
great Arnett Cobb. After a very successful run in Houston at the
Greenroom where she presented live radio shows and sang with the likes
of Oscar Peterson, she made her move to New York City. Soon after her
arrival, she began touring with jazz great, Lionel Hampton and became a
regular at The Blue Note, Fat Tuesday's, Birdland and The Five Spot, as
well as a concert at Town Hall with Steve Allen.
been a “Jazz Ambassador” long before she was discovered by the Kennedy
center. In 2003, she was hired to perform three concerts for the US
Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, with Hilton Ruiz and Andrew Jones to packed
houses. On an extended trip to Bombay, India in 1998, Roseanna began her
study in Indian classical vocal technique, which was documented in her
recent article in the IAJE magazine. The article entitled, “From Bebop
to Bombay” is also the name of her eclectic ensemble that debuted at
Birdland in New York, featuring Renee Rosnes - piano, Don Braden - sax,
Dan Weiss - tablas, Tim Horner - drums, Bob Bowen - bass and Classical
Indian vocalist, Usha Kallianpurkar. Arts International sponsored her
November 2002 appearance in Bombay, India for the Jazz Yatra Festival.
Roseanna was also featured with “The Maribor Philharmonic” in Slovenia
for their 2001 Christmas Concert that was televised throughout Eastern
Europe (video available).
Jazz pianist. Marian McPartland has
recently featured Roseanna twice on NPR’s “Piano Jazz”, as well as
recording “Cool Yule” with her for a NPR Christmas CD. In May 2003,
Roseanna performed with the legendary Benny Golson at the The New Jersey
Performing Arts Center.
Additionally in 2003, she was featured at The Roswell Center in Atlanta
along with Freddie Cole and also appeared at The Virginia Arts Festival.
Other recent performance highlights around the country include: The Women in
Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, Frank Foster's 70th Birthday Concert
for NPR, The Newark Jazz Festival, Charles Earland's Jazz Cruise, the Dallas
Museum of Art Festival with George Coleman, the Caravan of Dreams with Tower
of Power, the Santa Barbara Jazz Festival, the Telluride Jazz Festival
recorded live for NPR, the Clearwater Jazz Festival, the Houston Jazz Fest,
BET on Jazz with Ramsey Lewis, Chicago's Green Mill, a United States Airmen
of Note concert and Blues Alley in Washington, DC, and stints in Los Angeles
at the Jazz Bakery and the Catalina Bar.
Educator / Clinician
Roseanna is currently in her ninth year as Director of the Jazz Vocal
Program at New Jersey City University. She was a resident faculty member at
SUNY Purchase from 1999-2002. She has taught vocal jazz at the New Jersey
Performing Arts Center Gifted Teens Program for five years and at Janice
Borla's Vocal Jazz Camp in Naperville, Illinois (2003).
“Vocalists are From Venus, Instrumentalists from Mars”
(presented at the IAJE and JazzTimes Conventions)
“In Tune and On Time”
(East Coast Jazz Festival)
“Jazz - Yesterday and Today” (Kings College)
“The Art of Vocal Jazz” with Mark Murphy (Davidoff Jazz Festival, Capetown,
SA) and Kings College.
Roseanna has also provided clinics and instruction
at the Univ of Cincinnati, Univ of Southern California, Houston Community
College, Memphis State U, North Texas State U, The Jazz Workshop in
Nashville, TN., Webster University, St. Louis, MO, and the University of
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