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In October, 2019, vocalist Valerie Rosa and vibraphonist Tom Collier have teamed up performing an eclectic mix of songs from various genres including the “Great American Songbook”, rhythm and blues, and pop standards. The unusual pairing of voice and vibraphone is unique in sound yet musically exciting with Tom effectively weaving lines and laying down harmonies in support of Valerie’s inimitable singing style.
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Valerie Rosa is Seattle-based vocalist with a lengthy musical career and an equally impressive list of artists and bands she has sung with over the years. Valerie, who first sang in public at age 13, is considered one of the Northwest’s most iconic vocalists in a region that has produced more than its fair share of singing icons. Her reputation stretches far beyond the Washington state line having spent considerable time performing in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, and much of the east coast.
Highlights of her career include:
1960's: vocalist in several Northwest rock & roll bands including The Bluesettes, The Viceroys, and The Dynamics
1966-67: lead vocalist, Jimmy Hanna Band performing music beyond the scope of rock and roll playing an important role in her musical evolution as a stylist and performer
1967: various rock and blues performances in the San Francisco area
late 1960's-early 1970's: began singing in a vocal quartet project led by famed jazz singer Nancy Wilson. At one point the group sang backup vocals with Ray Charles; also backup singing sessions with Oliver Nelson, Mongo Santamaria, and pianist Joe Sample to name a few
1970: signed to Capitol Records; one single released, "Man", garnered some radio airplay, especially on a scattered few radio stations in the deep south; recording session arranged by Shorty Rogers featuring famed studio drummer Hal Blaine
1971: member of pop folk group The New Kick with performances in Hawaii and Las Vegas; also lounge performances with her own band at the Las Vegas Hilton
1972: joined Hollywood-based pop rock band The Dailey Variety where she met her future husband, drummer Carson Michaels (also an in-demand studio scene drummer)
late 1970's: recording sessions with east coast folk-rock band McKendree Springs (Carson was now their drummer); sessions held at Jimi Hendrix' Electric Ladyland Studio in New York; also, recording sessions with jazz guitarist Richie Resnicoff and drummer Steve Gadd
1979: lead vocalist with an all-originals San Francisco-based band, Strut
1981: singer (backup and lead) with the highly popular Seattle-based band, The Dynamic Logs, referred to by Time Magazine as the “street band of the galaxy” (husband Carson on drums)
1981-2007: performances over the years with such seminal Seattle bands as The Reputations, Eddie and The Atlantics, and the Seattle supergroup, Seattle Women In Rhythm and Blues featuring, in addition to Valerie, Merrilee Rush, Nancy Claire, Duffy Bishop, and Annie Rose de Armas (of Annie Rose and The Thrillers). also performances singing with Mary Wells of Motown fame, Del-Fi Records and Billboard “top 10” recording artist Ron Holden, and internationally-known folk singer Jim Page.
2017-present: return to performing with her own band as well as some of the Pusget Sound area's top musicians including long-time Wailers’ guitarists John Hanford and the late Rich Dangel, Reputations and Red House bassist/vocalist Tim Scott, veteran studio saxophonist Jon Goforth, Heart drummer Ben Smith and the “godfather of fusion jazz”, the late, great guitarist Larry Coryell.
2019: formation of eclectic vocal/vibraphone duo with Tom Collier