A native of Honduras, Oscar Rossignoli is an accomplished pianist and composer in both jazz and classical music, based in New Orleans since 2015. He began studying classical music when he was six years old and discovered jazz in high school, when he immediately began writing and performing his own compositions.
Upon enrolling at the University of New Orleans (UNO) music department where he earned his Masters, Rossignoli became an in-demand player in New Orleans, performing with Jason Marsalis, Bill Summers, Christian Chief aTunde Adjuah Scott, James Singleton, Brian Seeger, Brad Walker and others. He was named the 2015-2016 ASCAP Louis Armstrong Scholar at UNO by the New York-based ASCAP Foundation, and was also recognized as a finalist for the Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Summer 2018 Competition, a contest meant to be the most comprehensive, challenging, and in-depth jazz piano competition in the world.
Rossignoli folds many traditions into his music, from his classical music formation to his passion for Latin and North American jazz. Currently based in New Orleans, he regularly works with some of the city’s best jazz musicians. He has also established his reputation in various settings and bands, including the EXTENDED trio with Matt Booth and Brad Webb, and by leading his own quartet. He collaborates on a wide range of projects with artists such as John Boutté, Jason Marsalis, Joe Dyson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Alexey Marti, among many others.
His latest self-released album, “Inertia,” marks his first full-length solo piano project. Recorded mostly during the 2020-2021 pandemic and released in late 2021, the record showcases his long relationship with his instrument of choice, as well as his process of discovery through improvisation. Tracks range from original compositions to improvisations and include a nod to Chopin and a tribute to the late great Chick Corea.
Tonight, he presents one of his lauded solo piano concerts, where you might hear everything from Thelonious Monk to Chopin, and his own originals.