Artemis at the Downtown Jamboree
Artemis is a true supergroup, comprising seven of the most acclaimed musicians in modern jazz, including pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover, clarinetist Alexa Tarantino, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Noriko Ueda, drummer Allison Miller. The music of Artemis conjures a powerful collective voice from this septet of visionary bandleaders and composers.
The band initially assembled at Rosnes’ behest for a European festival tour more than three years ago. The group is distinctive not only for bringing together seven singular artists, each renowned for their own remarkable solo career, but also for its multi- generational and globe-spanning line up, with members hailing from the US, Canada, France, Israel, and Japan. Despite its relatively brief existence, Artemis has already been featured in Vanity Fair and on NPR’s Jazz Night in America and has performed on some of the country’s most iconic stages, from Carnegie Hall and the 92Y to the Newport Jazz Festival.
The band’s debut album on Blue Note Records featured material composed and/or arranged by each of the band’s six instrumentalists. Artemis is a group of extraordinary women whose combined energies and skills cannot be stifled into the label of an all-star band, as every time they meet to play their conversations, both on and off-stage, lead to fluidly inspired magical musical events.