Marlene Rosenberg

Marlene Rosenberg

Applied Artist
M.M., Northwestern University

Marlene Rosenberg has emerged as one of the most talented and multi-faceted bassists on the scene today. She has played professionally throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Japan and toured with Joe Henderson, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Frank Morgan, Ed Thigpen, Albert "Tootsie" Heath, Benny Green, Roy Hargrove, and Wallace Roney. She has performed also with Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Stan Getz, Tern Lynne Carrington, Kevin Mahogany, David "Fathead" Newman, Marian McPartland, Monty Alexander, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Teddy Edwards, Ira Sullivan, Ernestine Anderson, Nick Brignola, and Larry Coryell to name a few. and plays regularly with her own ensemble, MRQ. She received an Illinois Arts Council Grant in 2011 to help produce her new and current CD “Bassprint”.

Rosenberg has been featured on multiple recordings, including her own, self-released, second CD, “Pieces Of...” featuring Cedar Walton and Javon Jackson which has soared to #24 on the jazz charts with critical acclaim. Her newly released CD, “Bassprint” on Origin Records, is currently available on I-Tunes, Amazon and at ( “Bassprint” has received great reviews and reached #25 on the Jazz Programers list. It was reviewed in Jazz Times, received four stars in Downbeat magazine, and is enjoying critical acclaim nationally and internationally.

Jazz Times Magazine: “Marlene Rosenberg handily juggles roles on her album 'Pieces Of...” now stepping forward and intuitively understanding the time and place for each stance...Rosenberg amply shows why she’s one of the respected players.”

John Clayton, bassist, composer, arranger states: “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.”

Ed Thigpen, drummer expresses: “What makes Marlene special is her strength and depth of understanding of music. In a world of clones, she has managed to emerge as her own person with her own sound and feel...her time feel is steady and swings like mad.”

In addition to her performance tributes, she has been on the faculty at Northern Illinois University (12 years part time), Western Illinois University (3 years full time) and continues to mentor at Gallery 37 and in the Chicago public high schools through the Thelonious Monk Institute, and at the Chicago Jesuit Academy as a musician, teacher, and clinician. Currently at Northern Illinois University she is coordinating the jazz combo program, and teaching Introduction to Jazz Studies. She is part time faculty at Northwestern in the small jazz ensemble program under the direction of Victor Goines. Ms. Rosenberg holds a Masters of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Bass and Composition from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.