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Rose Ellis Quartet

Rose Ellis- Vox
Glenn Zaleski- piano
Luke Sellick- Bass
Jimmy Macbride- Drums


Rose Ellis is a singer, lyricist and songwriter originally from the Netherlands, who is now based in New York City. Her music is steeped in the jazz tradition and demonstrates her remarkable sensitivity for melody and words. The subtle complexity in her songs makes Rose Ellis a one-of-a-kind songwriter praised by many of her peers. She recently received the Herb Alpert Young Composers Award from the ASCAP foundation, a prize to encourage young gifted composers.

Rose started her studies in jazz music in 2007 at the Prince Claus Conservatory in the Netherlands. During these years she recorded two albums and toured with the succesful pop band ROOS. for which she wrote the music together with the band’s guitarist Daan Kleijn. She was nominated for the Leidse Jazz Award and was a finalist in the Dutch Jazz Vocalist competition. In 2011 she received the prestigious Huygens Talent Scholarship from the Dutch government to pursue a master’s degree in jazz performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York City. She moved to New York in September 2011, received her Master’s degree in 2013 and is now working as a vocalist, songwriter and lyricist performing throughout the US and Europe and writing for many of her colleagues as well.

Recently Rose Ellis recorded her debut album as a leader: Like Songs Like Moons. On this album she worked with some of the leading musicians in the New York City and international music scene: Glenn Zaleski on piano, Pablo Menares on bass and Ross Pederson on drums. The album contains eleven songs, mainly originals by Rose Ellis, and includes a poignant version of the song Preacher Boy, written by Billie Holiday that she never recorded. The album is planned to be released in the fall of 2016.


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