SUMMIT, NJ - The first 'Afternoon Music' concert of the 2019-20 season will feature a performance from acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Renee Rosnes on October 27, beginning at 4 p.m., at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit.
Rosnes will be backed by fellow New Jersey resident and Grammy-winning bassist Todd Coolman, with whom she played for 20 years in the James Moody Quartet. The audience is invited to meet the artists at a reception after the performance.
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.
“Ms. Rosnes delivers conceptual heft, suspenseful compositions and mesmerizing performances,” wrote JazzTimes.
Rosnes tours internationally with the Ron Carter Quartet Foursight, and is pianist and musical director for the brilliant all-star all-woman septet ARTEMIS. 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.
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.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 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, call 908-273-2899.
Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in located at 4 Waldron Avenue.