Courtnee Roze (link) is a New York-based percussionist, lyricist, writer and bandleader, heading up an instrumental fusion and percussion-driven band. Called a “firecracker of a woman…truly a delight to watch,” (Brooklyn Roads), Roze has studied and played percussion – her instruments of choice being djembe and congas – since the age of seven. She has performed and collaborated with artists like J. Cole, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Tony Award-winner Lachanze (The Color Purple), Cirque Du Soleil and more. She has performed throughout New York City at small but mighty venues like Joe’s Pub and National Sawdust to the storied stages of Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theater.
While Roze’s band lineup may change from show to show, the heart of the music never does. Roze defines her mission with every live concert she plays - creating a quilt of diversity layered with futuristic creativity, monologue, dance, deep African Sound and a vocal pattern that is non-metrically structured.
Besides performing in a traditional setting, Roze is committed to musically arranging bands for artist such as Jack Nkanga from Angola. While performing, Roze and her collective have held over 40 workshops and percussion classes in New York City. Roze is a member of the 2017 Joe’s Pub Working Group.
Beyond creating music, Courtnee Roze is determined to use her percussion-driven collective to create a culture of its own. Fundamentally, drums and percussion are the heartbeat of music – it’s what captures the listener’s ear most immediately. The world has hip-hop, pop, jazz, but when you make drums and percussion the driving force, you’ll have a world filled with an enormous sense of freedom.
Courtnee Roze is a prolific artist and performer, both with her own band as the consummate collaborator with major artists like J. Cole, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and more. She has performed throughout New York City at small but mighty venues like Joe’s Pub and National Sawdust to the storied stages of Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theater. For a full list, see below:
Joe’s Pub at The Public
Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Lincoln Center Lunch Time Concert
J. Cole’s Grammy-Nominated album Born Sinner, 2013 (link)
Renee Neufville’s single “Watching Me,” 2015 (link)
Beyoncé – TIDAL X:1015 and the Parkwood Holiday Party, 2016
Alicia Keys – BET Network’s Black Girl Rock
Lachanze (Tony Award-winner, The Color Purple)
Cirque Du Soleil – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Best Buddies New York – Carnegie Hall
Convening of ambassadors from Africa – United Nations
The Apollo Theater’s 80th Anniversary
The Brooklyn Nets’ Halftime Show – Barclays Center
The New York Knicks’ Halftime Show – Madison Square Garden