New York based Dutch vocalist and songwriter Rose Ellis has a remarkable sensitivity for lyrics and melody. She recently released her album ‘Like Songs Like Moons’ which was received by critics as a “first rate debut album” (All About Jazz) and a “refreshing and lyrical centerpiece” (Albore jazz Japan).
The album is an “obvious labor of love” and contains mainly original compositions and some carefully chosen covers such as the poignant ‘Preacher Boy’ written by Billie Holiday which was never recorded before. For the composition ‘Early In The Morning’ Rose received the ASCAP Composers Award 2016 at Lincoln Center.
Rose is “a real storyteller”(JazzFlits) and adds weight to her lyrics with her “crystal clear intonation, adept phrasing and luminescent spirit” (Dan McClenaghan). While much of her inspiration comes from jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday, Rose always seeks to be original, relating to the world as it is today. Her concerts are intimate, engaging and exceptionally moving.
Her band features some of New York’s leading musicians: Glenn Zaleski on piano (Ravi Coltrane, Lage Lund, Ari Hoening), Pablo Menares on bass (Melissa Aldana, Claudia Acuna) and Ross Pederson on drums (Manhattan Transfer, Patti Austin, Kenny Werner)
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in music from the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, The Netherlands, Rose received the prestigious Huygens Scholarship from the Dutch government and the VSB grant to pursue a Master’s degree at the Aaron Copland School in New York City where she graduated with honors in 2013.
Since her move Rose Ellis’ career is developing at a fast rate. She can be seen regularly at some of New York’s finest music clubs and at jazz stages and theaters throughout Europe.