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MLK Convergence

New CD released on June 21st, 2019 on Origin Records!

Featuring NEA Master Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, And special "appearance" by Christian McBride and Tom Burrell. 

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Troubled by America's societal woes, Marlene Rosenberg brings together drummer Lewis Nash and pianist Kenny Barron, a union forming the acronym MLK, to create her new album MLK Convergence with inspirations from the philosophies and outlooks of Martin Luther King, Jr.


"If you don't know bassist Marlene Rosenberg from her work with Paul Wertico or Ed Thigpen, OK. But she's gigged with a virtual murderers' row of players and had Makaya McCraven in her group before most folks had heard the drummer's name."

Dave Cantor, Downbeat Magazine

"There's MLK, and then there's MLK. In this particular context we're talking about a three-letter acronym referencing the musical union of bassist Marlene Rosenberg, drummer Lewis Nash, and pianist Kenny Barron. And in broader terms those initials obviously point to the late Martin Luther King, Jr. With MLK Convergence the sounds of the former meet up with the outlook and philosophies of the latter, shedding light on societal woes while letting the light and the love in to overshadow the darkness. ..."

Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

“If You don’t know bassist Marlene Rosenberg from her work with Paul Wertico......or Ed Thigpen, OK. But, she’s gigged with a virtual murderer’s row of players.”

— Dave Cantor, ​Downbeat Magazine.

Having performed and toured with Joe Henderson, Nancy Wilson, Roy Hargrove and Stan Getz, bassist Marlene Rosenberg has a background of performing with the jazz icons. But she also traffics with the newest generation of jazz artists, including Jazzmeia Horn, Makaya McCraven and Marquis Hill.

Ms. Rosenberg’s festival credits include the Mt. Fuji Festival (Tokyo), The North Sea Festival (Rotterdam, Holland), and the Kristianstad-Ahus Festival (Sweden). As for clubs, Marlene has played The Village Vanguard in NYC, The Chicago Jazz Showcase, The Quasimodo in Berlin and The Magnetic Terrace in Paris.

“One of Jazz, Bass, and Music world’s treasures! There is a great bass tone, great swing, and lovely fire in everything that Marlene does.”

— John Clayton, bassist, composer

Having self-produced 4 CDs, Marlene has recorded both standards and her own compositions.

Her latest recorded work, MLK Convergence is a collaborative venture that includes NEA master pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Lewis Nash and in a guest feature, fellow bassist Christian McBride.

All About Jazz’ Dan Bilawsky, described the album’s effect as “shedding light and love to overshadow the darkness.” It’s a “Convergence” of Cultures, Generations and Gender. “MLK” is also an acronym for Marlene, Lewis, and Kenny who have endeavored musically to embody Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of better understanding and acceptance for ALL people.

A frequent collaborator with internationally-recognized tap dancers, Marlene has performed with Jimmy Slyde, and with Sarah Petronio’s Dance Company. In a program filmed at a special event filmed at The Harold Washington Library, Marlene performed with young tap artist Jumaane Taylor as part of the 2020 Award Ceremony for The Chicago Tap Dancers Forum.

As a frequent invited guest artist and clinician, Rosenberg has adjudicated and taught master classes at Michigan State University, The Buddy DeFranco Festival in Montana, and Arizona State University’s Jazz Festival and the International Society of Bassists.

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