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Michael Rossi

MM DMA New England Conservatory of Music

Jazz Studies

Woodwind specialist Mike Rossi is Professor in Jazz and Woodwinds at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, South Africa.  

Mike regularly performs at jazz festivals and conducts workshops and master-classes in Africa, Europe and the United States. His diverse recording credits include the 2007 U.S. release of Common Ground (MSR Jazz 1207) with Israeli pianist Micu Narunsky and the German release of Ein Traum von wunderbarem Leben (dml records CD-023, Stuttgart) with Ulrich Suesse and Patrick Bebelaar. Also in 2007, Advance Music published Rossi’s second book Uncommon Etudes from Common Scales as well as selected arrangements of original his compositions.Uncommon Etudes has recently been published in Japanese under agreement with Advance Music. Mike’s first book with Advance Music Contrast and Continuity in JazzImprovisation was presented and launched at the highly competitive 33rd International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) Conference in New York in 2006. It has been internationally recognized and reviewed and is presently nominated for the UCT Book Award. Other recording credits include Eduard Mörike: In der Vertonung unserer Zeit, (Bayer-Records Germany, Br. 140006/7), Two in One – Mike Rossi/Ulrich Suesse (MRUS), with Darius Brubeck: Before It’s Too Late. His CD of original jazz compositions, Beauty and the Blues (MMC2045J), features jazz greats Rufus Reid, Tom McKinley and Billy Hart. 

Rossi is the first recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Some of his performing and recording credits include appearances with Dave Liebman, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Lou Rawls, Rob McConnell, Bill Prince, George Russell, Micu Narunsky, Bill Watrous, Aretha Franklin, Rosemary Clooney, Ulrich Suesse, Patrick Bebelaar, Frank Kroll, Herbert Joos, Jurgen Brauninger, The Boston Big Band, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, The African Jazz Pioneers, Darius Brubeck, Alec Dankworth, Jack van Poll, Hein van de Gyn, Winston Mankunku, Barney Rachabane, Johnny Fourie and Carlo Mombelli. 

Rossi presently serves as President of SAJE, (South African Assoc. for Jazz Education) following three terms as Secretary. He is a Rampone & Cazzani Saxophone Artist; makers of Hand Made Italian Saxophones.