"The great," Amy Rowe - for some reason... must be her magical quality, her name is commonly preceded with, "the great." Amy is a member of the Fellowship of the Swing ( 2015). Colleagues as well as her fans know how accomplished her piano playing is, and how interesting and meaningful her compositions are - but everyone's favorite thing about Amy is her way of light.
Amy's light is expressed in the form of delight. Her thoughtfulness of well placed details brings out the most joyful and happy in her musical expressions and conversations.
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It's all love... Mission Jazz is ALL LOVE.
Amy began classical piano studies at age four. She continued her studies under Akiko Hasunuma until 2007. For eleven consecutive years (‘97-‘07) her classical playing was in the honors category from the American College of Musicians National Piano Guild. She placed as a winner in the Southwestern Youth Music Festival competition from ‘99-’04 and the Lighthouse/Bridge U.S.A. Piano Festival in ’99, ’02, and ’03. She performed at the Music Teachers Association of California state convention (’00-’01,’04) and also received the honor award in ’03-’05 for the Southern California Junior Bach Festival.At age 18 she discovered her love for jazz after being exposed to recordings of Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson and various others. Within a year, she was a member of the Blue Note Swing Orchestra at Citrus College and played on a tour to Hawaii in 2009. Amy has studied jazz with Joe Bagg, Cecilia Coleman, John Proulx, Bill Cunliffe and is currently studying with Tamir Hendelman. She received a bachelor of music degree at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach in May of 2011. In 2010 and '11, she was a participant in the Bill Green Mentorship Program through the Los Angeles Jazz Society. Amy has won numerous awards in classical and jazz, and was also featured at the Kennedy Center in an emerging artist showcase for the 2011 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. In 2011 and ‘12, Amy attended Centrum’s Jazz at Port Townsend under a scholarship from Fund-A-Dream where she studied trio with Jeff Hamilton (‘11) and the music of Art Blakey with Benny Green ('12). She is currently working on her masters degree in jazz piano at Azusa Pacific University under a full scholarship.