Rose Rutledge: rogue woodwinds

Rose Rutledge is a multi woodwind instrumentalist with a current focus on flute performance & recording with singer-songwriters.  Ms. Rutledge grew up in Seattle soaking in a diverse range of musical genres before deciding to get a degree in music (Multiple Woodwinds Performance) from Vanderbilt Univerity. She then moved to NYC to earn a Master's in Jazz Studies adding the oboe as a focus instrument and performing in various pit orchestras and jazz clubs around town. Rose has performed with musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Chris Potter, Eddie Daniels, Kenny Werner, Ralph Lalama, The Orchestra of the Americas and the Seattle Symphony. She has recordings with songwriters Jon Braman, Lacrymosa, Sarah Williams, Strange Weather, Johnny Butler and Josh Garrels.  She co-organizes the monthly artist collective; Jon Braman and The Melting Pot Band at Pianos featuring jazz musicians, rap freestylers and songwriters. Additionally, she is a member of A Bunch of Dead People (flute and bari sax), a santeria soul group that performs in NYC regularly that has an album in the works. She has recorded recently with Johnny Butler and Strange Weather for albums that are in process for release.

Rose is on the faculty of SUNY Purchase teaching a class in Arts Entrepreneurship. The course focuses on how people can fundraising for arts entities in order to support original artistic ventures.  She serves on the board of  The Nashville Jazz Workshop, helping to expand the music community in Nashville, TN. 


Recording: Sighs (Mater Suspiriorum)

This fall I recorded flute tracks for the multi-talented Johnny Butler and singer-songwriter Dani Mari for their project inspired by horror movie director, Dario Argento. Check out the first track and accompanying music video here.  More about this project here:

From the bandstand...

Nice view from the baritone saxophone chair for Shakespeare and Jazz.

Nice view from the baritone saxophone chair for Shakespeare and Jazz.

Photos by Joanne Levey

A few years ago I had the great fortune to meet photographer Joanne Levey  through a friend.  Since then I have been thrilled to work with her on many occasions and love to see her creative mind in action.  She's responsible for the best photos you see on this site and more.  Joanne even came out to a Riza & Rose gig to shoot us live, which I imagine was a challenge!  Of course the gig shoot went great and she was able to capture jazz in action.  Check out Joanne's website for familiar jazz faces and cool, fashionable pics here:

Thanks Joanne!

Riza and Rose, flute and harp jazz

Riza Printup and Rose Rutledge, Live at Drom

Riza Printup and Rose Rutledge, Live at Drom

The lovely talented, Riza Printup (harp) and I have partnered frequently to combine our songwriting and arranging into ensembles featuring flute and harp within the jazz idiom.  Inspired by the recordings of Frank Wess (flute) and Dorothy Ashby (harp) our goal is to honor their tradition while presenting original works in a fascinating sound-scape that is the result of our two instruments combined with a jazz rhythm section.  The duo began as a casual rehearsal group, practicing classical music written for flute and harp, but quickly our joint passion for jazz steered us towards the performance of our originals and arrangements of jazz standards.  We were humbled and thrilled to perform last year alongside Frank Wess, himself in a tribute concert dedicated to the recordings he did with Dorothy Ashby.  Riza (as always) says it best: “With upmost humility, we carry on the legacy implementing our own voices through originals (Haunt, Venti, Before Dawn, Rebirth) and arrangements of classic standards. Our hope is to stir the heart while stimulating the ears, from our soul to yours.” Check out some of our stuff! 

Sound samples available via Bandcamp:


Every second Wednesday, for four years

Recording in Nashville!