NIU JAZZ FACULTY QUARTET
featuring Fareed Haque
A tribute to Chick Corea
"Classical and jazz, East and West, the future
and the past, the brain and the booty all
come together in glorious harmony via
his fleet fingers and freewheeling spirit."
– Guitar Player Magazine
Fareed Haque - guitars
Rodrigo Villanueva - drums
Marlene Rosenberg - bass
Francesca Romero - piano
The NIU Jazz Faculty Quartet, featuring Fareed Haque, A Tribute to Chick Corea.
The group will perform selections from Chick Corea's historic "Three Quartets" (w/Guitar playing the Michael Becker's saxophone parts) as well as music from Chick's historic collaboration with Paco de Lucia "Touchstone".
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Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation.
Recent releases include the critically acclaimed Out of Nowhere featuring drummer Billy Hart and bassist George Mraz, The Flat Earth Ensemble's latest release Trance Hypothesis, and The Tony Monaco/Fareed Haque release Furry Slippers that reached the top 10 in Jazz Radio Airplay.
Haque has rekindled his duo with Goran Ivanovic. Performances include Canadian Guitar Festival, Winters Jazz Fest NYC, Lotus Music Fest, and many others. Upcoming tours in China and Europe are slated for 2019, as well as new record for the Delmark Label.
Haque has also joined drum legend Billy Cobham as a member of his Crosswinds Ensemble featuring Haque on guitars, Randy Brecker on Trumpet, and Paul Hansen on sax and bassoon. Extensive touring and recording are slated for 2019.
Haque's most recent release NEW LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC FOR GUITAR AND STRING QUARTET was picked by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune as one of the top releases of 2018. In addition, the release was chosen as Downbeat Magazine Editor's Pick in 2018.
Marlene Rosenberg toured with Joe Henderson, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Frank Morgan, Ed Thigpen, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Benny Green, Roy Hargrove and Wallace Roney. She has also performed with Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Stan Getz, Terry 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, Cyrus Chestnut and Bobby Watson, Ron Blake, Victor Gould, Lewis Nash, Eric Alexander, Harold Maybern, Jazzmeia Horn, Tamir Hendleman to name a few.
She plays regularly with her own ensemble MRQ. She has 3 CDs out: “Waimea”; “Pieces Of...” Featuring Cedar Walton and Javon Jackson; “Bassprint: with Geof Bradfield, Scott Hesse and Makaya McCraven. Currently, she has a soon to be released 4th CD with NEA Master, pianist Kenny Barron, including Lewis Nash on drums and Christian McBride playing and co-producing.
Currently, She is on the faculty at Northern Illinois as Coordinator of the Jazz combo program, coaches the combo workshop class, and teaches Bass Studio. Rosenberg is also on the faculty of Roosevelt University as an Applied Artist, teaching bass lessons and combo. 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.
Rodrigo Villanueva performs regularly with his jazz trio/quartet, Alex Mercado Trio, the NIU Jazz Faculty Group Nucleus, Anders Svanoe Trio, and the Eddie Gomez Trio. He is professor of Jazz Studies and Northern Illinois University where he directs the NIU Jazz Ensemble, and teaches jazz arranging and jazz drum set. He endorses Sabian Cymbals, Yamaha Drums, Latin Percussion instruments, Evans Drum heads and Vic Firth Sticks. In 2010 Rodrigo launched his own record label, the first production of this project is the new Eddie Gomez Trio album: Live In Mexico City with the legendary Eddie Gomez on bass, Swedish pianist Stefan Karlsson and Rodrigo Villanueva on drums (© Jazzling Records 2010).
A native of Miami, Florida, Franchesca Romero began her piano studies at the age of five. She began her piano studies in the classical realm until she entered New World School of the Arts High School where she began her jazz studies. She is a National YoungArts winner and held the piano chair in the Florida All-State Jazz Ensemble. Additionally, she was a member of the Thelonious Monk National Performing Arts High School All-Star Sextet in which she toured San Francisco with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. She has participated in competitions such as the Essentially Ellington Big Band Competition, where she received an outstanding soloist award. She's most recently been selected as the pianist in the Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Combo which will be performing at the 2019 JEN Conference in Reno, Nevada.
Franchesca is a Michigan State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. She was a part of the prestigious Jazz Orchestra 1 under the direction of Rodney Whitaker. She studied privately with Xavier Davis, as well as other professors such as Michael Dease, Etienne Charles, Diego Rivera, Randy Napoleon, and Randy Gelispie. During her time at MSU, she performed alongside the likes of Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Tim Warfield, Rufus Reid, Anat Cohen, Michael Philip Mossman, Roy Haynes, Steve Wilson, and Ron Carter to name a few.
Franchesca is pursuing a master's degree in Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University with a teaching assistantship under the tutelage of Reggie Thomas.