THURSDAY, MARCH 7
PO’JAZZ CELEBRATES WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
ROZANNE LEVINE – clarinets/bamboo flute
ROSI HERTLEIN – violin/voice
MIMI JONES – bass
Blue Door Gallery
13 Riverdale Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
Blue Door Gallery – http://bluedoorgallery.org
— Rozanne Levine will be performing at the Blue Door Gallery, 13 Riverdale Avenue in Yonkers, NY, tel. 914-375-5100, on Thursday, March 7th, from 6-8PM as part of their monthly PoJazz series, curated by poet-in-residence Golda Solomon. March is Women’s History Month and Rozanne will be joined by violinist/vocalist Rosi Hertlein, bassist Mimi Jones, and poets Golda Solomon, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and Mary Leonard, for an evening of poetry reading and improvised music.
Ms. Levine performs on alto clarinet, clarinet and bamboo flute. She leads a quartet, Chakra Tuning, with Mark Whitecage, Perry Robinson, and Rosi Hertlein. Speaking of her quartet’s latest recording, “Only Moment”, Cadence music critic Phillip McNally acknowledges Rozanne as a “mature artist” making a “powerful statement” – an artist who has “labored long and hard at [her] craft, found [her] individual voice.” She also appears on William Parker’s recent NoBusiness release, “Centering – Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987”, and his Eremite CD “Through Acceptance of the Mystery Peace/The Music of William Parker”. She was a founding member of William Parker and Patricia Nicholson Parker’s New York-based Improvisors Collective, forming the Clarinet Choir and Crystal Clarinets to showcase her musical concepts. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s she performed in Mark Whitecage’s Glass House Ensemble, playing both clarinet and Whitecage’s sound sculptures. In 1999 Levine and Whitecage formed a touring duo, RoMarkable. Some of their work together is documented on “Tres Gone Presents The Bi-Coastal Orchestra ‘Live’ at the Dunes” (Mahaffay Musical Archives).
Ms. Levine has performed with Mark Whitecage and The Bi-Coastal Orchestra, whch released their debut CD, “BushWacked – A Spoken Opera” on the Acoustics label. She has also performed with Anthony Braxton, The New Reed Quartet, Jason Kao Hwang, Jackson Krall and Theo Jorgensmann, among others. She appears annually in vocalist Nicki Mathis’ Many Colors of a Woman Jazz Festival, and she has been a staple of various Clarinet Choirs. Ms. Levine is also a noted photographer and integrates her images into her scores. The Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania awarded her a commission grant for both her music and photographs. A gallery of her performance photographs is on the internet at http://www.erjn.it/gallery/levine.htm.
Performer web sites:
Rozanne Levine – http://www.erjn.it/mus/whitecage.htm
Rosi Hertlein – http://www.jazz.com/encyclopedia/hertlein-rosi-rosemarie
Mimi Jones – http://www.mimijonesmusic.com
Golda Solomon – http://www.jazzjaunts.com
Cheryl Boyce-Taylor – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheryl-Boyce-Taylor/317123887809
Mary Leonard – http://www.maryclareleonard.com/