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Has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Japan with such artists as Joe Henderson, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Frank Morgan, Ed Thigpen, Cedar Walton, Albert “Tootie” Heath,Wallace Roney, Kevin Mahogany, Stan Getz, Tern Lynne Carrington, Benny Green, David Newman, Marian McPartland, Monty Alexander, Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Teddy Edwards, and Nick Brignola.

Actively leading own band steadily at clubs and other venues: Pete Miller’s Steak House, The Green Mill, Green Dolphin Street, Andy s Jazz Lounge, The Cultural Center, Harold Washington College, and The Chicago Jazz Festival.
Radio and television commercials for McDonald’s and Ameritech, Northwestern Health Care, Kraft Foods.

Numerous modern dance troupes improvising on both bass and percussion.

The Balkan Rhythm Band, which focused on traditional music from Yugoslavia, Serbia, and Greece. Included original compositions and improvisations based on the traditional


  • Drumming and dance of West Africa; participation in African Drumming group in Champaign-Urbana and Chicago and the physical study of West African dance at Columbia College.
  • Music of the 1920’s in the “hot” band “Jack Webb” (which included Ron Dewar on clarinet).
  • Various “Free” Jazz groups.


  • The University of Illinois Balalika Ensemble bass balalika); John Garvey, director; 1980
  • Jazz Ensemble; John Garvey, director; 1978-1980
  • Chamber Orchestra; John Garvey, director;1980
  • Symphony Orchestra; 1978-1979
  • Jazz Lab Bands; 1977-1978
  • Symphonic Band (clarinet); Harry Begian, director; 1977-1978
  • Clarinet Choir (clarinet); Harvey Herman, director; 1977-1978
  • Marching Illini (clarinet); Gary Smith, director; 1977
  • Glenbrook South High School Symphonic band, Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands (clarinet, snaredrum, tympani, xylophone, other percussion, tenor saxophone, electric bass); Pete Pappas, director; 1973-1977


Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL; Applied Artist, Music Faculty teaching jazz bass. Duties have also included bass master classes and rhythm section classes. Participation in Jazz Combo day, Jazz Day and NIU Summer Jazz Institute, coaching participating high school students in combos as well as giving feedback and brief clinics for large jazz ensemble bands. 1995-present.

South Shore Cultural Center; Summer Music Program for top Chicago public school students; Sponsored workshops on jazz bass and rhythm section performance. 1997, 1998.

Ravinia Jazz Mentors program; private instruction in the Chicago public schools. 1993-1996. (Currently affiliated, performing at some schools 2002).

Saskatchewan School of the Arts in Canada; clinician in jazz studies and bass. 1993.

Downers Grove North High School; adjunct visiting artist in classical and jazz bass technique, as well as beginning cello instruction. 1981-1985.

Downers Grove South High School adjunct visiting artist in classical and jazz bass technique, as well as beginning cello instruction. 1981-1985.

University of Illinois Summer Youth Music Jazz Program; private jazz bass instruction. 1980. Private bass instruction 1981-present; acoustic bass, electric bass. Jazz studies, Classical technique.


  • Masters of Music in Jazz Pedagogy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, June 1999.
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Bass and Composition, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1981.
  • Studies at Northwestern 1998-1999
  • Jazz Composition with Don Owens
  • Jazz Pedagogy with Don Owens and Antonio Garcia
  • The Teaching of Jazz Improvisation with Antonio Garcia
  • Jazz Piano with Michael Kocour
  • Research and Paridgms in Music Education with Dr. Peter Webster
  • Graduate duties included coaching/performing in Northwestern University jazz combo, presenting jazz workshops, grading papers
  • Studies at University of Illinois 1977-1980
    Classical Bass with Ed Krolick, Interpretation and phrasing of music, and bowing technique with John Garvey, Jazz piano with Bill French, Composition with Thomas Wirtel and Sal Martirano, West African drumming and culture with Daniel Agbado and Oscar Sulley, The study of Chinese music and culture, Indian Music and culture, and Indonesian and Balinese music and culture in formal classes, Classical clarinet with Harvey Herman, Classical clarinet with Willard Coggins, Classical clarinet with Austin McDowell


  • Ethno music studioes
  • h Daniel Agbado in participation with a drumming group formed in Chicago 1981,1982,1984,1985
  • Balkan music Brazilian Music Afro-Cuban music


  • Lake Placid Jazz Institute. Composition, music and improvisation workshops with Kenny Werner, Jim McNeeley, Rufus Reid, Gary Peacock, Joe Lovano, Billy Hart, and Bob Brookmeyer, 2001 Electric bass slap/funk technique with Frank Russell, 1996 Classical bass with Rob Kassinger (CSO)2010,
  • Classical bass with cellist Karl Fruh, Roosevelt University, 1986-1988
  • Jazz improvisation, with Ron Carter, Mike Richmond, Hal Galper, and Jim McNeeley through an National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Fellowship Grant, 1985
  • Jazz improvisation with Joe Daley, 1984-1985
  • Classical bass with Jeff Braditch, Northwestern University, 1985
  • Classical bass with Warren Benfield, Chicago Symphony, DePaul University, 1983
  • Alexander Technique, 1978-1983
  • Northwestern University Summer Music Camp; clarinet in the symphonic band under the direction of John Paynter, and clarinet lessons with Larry Combs, 1976
  • Jazz bass with Steve Rodby, 1977
  • Classical clarinet with Cass Beghosian 1973-1977
  • Classical Clarinet with Thomas Hilliard 1973


  • The Eckstein Memorial Grant, Northwestern University, 1998-1999
  • The Billboard Song Contest Certificate of Achievement Award, 1994 (for two original compositions in the jazz category).
  • Smith Memorial Womens’ Scholarship, University of Illinois, 1977-1980 Russell C. Wonderlic Scholar Endowment 1999
  • University of Illinois Bass-Viola Scholarship, 1979 and 1980
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant, 1985


  • 15 published songs on Redbark Music (self-owned)
  • 4 unpublished written arrangements


  • Marlene Rosenberg: Pieces Of /BassLine/2001/CD
  • Marlene Rosenberg: Waimea/BassLine /CD
  • Ron Surace: The New Cool/Southport Records/CD
  • Women Who Swing Chicago/Big Chicago Records/CD
  • Orbert Davis Live with Strings Attached/Copia Records/video
  • Orbert Davis; Unfinished Memories/Copia Records/CD
  • Vienna Art Orchestra: Not Just Mozart/video
  • Mt Fuji Jazz Festival 1988/Bluenote/Laser Disc
  • Joe Henderson : Punjab/NTI/Arco 3 ARC 1047 CD
  • Ed Thigpen: Easy Flight/ Reaction Records RR9902/CD
  • The Balkan Rhythm Band


  • National Association of Recorded Arts and
  • Sciences International Association of Jazz
  • Educators American String Teachers Association
  • Jazz Institute of Chicago
  • International Society of Bassists
  • American Federation of Musicians


“What makes Marlene special is her strength and depth of understanding of music. In a world of clones, she has managed to emerge as her own person with her own sound and feel…her time feel is steady and swings like mad.”
– Drummer Ed Thigpen

“McPartland and Rosenberg work well together, as if they’ve been doing it most of their lives…a challenging accompanist…big fat juicy sound…a solo remarkable for its fluid rhythms and warmth of expression. “(Marian McPartland Duo)
– Wisconsin State Journal

“Bass player Marlene Rosenberg totally demolished any myths that women can’t hold theirown on jazz bass. Her high energy performance never seemed to flag during two sets of intense playing.” (Frank Morgan Quartet)
– St. Louis Post-Dispatch