About this Artist
Named for the Olympian goddess of the hunt and the wild, this superlative sextet is an international affair, with members hailing from the U.S., Canada, Israel, Chile, and Japan. Artemis is an all-star group featuring six of the top performers on the jazz scene today: pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, clarinetist Anat Cohen, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, bassist Noriko Ueda, and drummer Allison Miller, and frequently vocalist Cecile Mclorin Salvant. Forget about gender! This is a significant and serious band that plays with passion, power, and sensitivity. They bring their collective artistry to the world, throughout 2020, with unforgettable performances of high-wire interplay and pure joy.
Blue Note Records has signed Artemis, and the jazz supergroup will release its debut album next year and is making its Carnegie Hall debut when they grace Stern Auditorium’s Perelman Stage on December 7.
“On a sunny August afternoon in 2018, I was among the thousands of fans attending the Newport Jazz Festival who had their minds blown by Artemis,” said Blue Note President Don Was. “Although each individual member of this supergroup is a bona fide jazz titan, these incredible musicians dwell in the rarefied air of bands whose whole is greater than the sum of its already sublime parts. Their musical conversation is sophisticated, soulful and powerful and their groove runs deep.”
Each renowned for her outstanding solo work, the band members form an unparalleled international line-up hailing from the US, Canada, France, Chile, Israel, and Japan. The musicians first assembled for a European festival tour in summer 2017, and eventually named themselves Artemis after the Greek goddess who was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, the twin sister of Apollo, the patron and protector of young girls, and the goddess of hunting, wild nature, and chastity.
Artemis has been featured in Vanity Fair and on NPR’s Jazz Night in America, in a broadcast of the band’s tremendous 2018 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. Artemis has extensive touring plans for 2020 including appearances at SFJAZZ, Chicago Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.