With performance ensembles in both Philadelphia & Seattle (& soon in Ottawa!) The Red Rose Jazz Project highlights the work of women composers and lyricists from the early 1920s to today with classic and contemporary Jazz interpretations of the standards, popular music, and their own original compositions. 


As an all women's collaborative, the project takes its name in honor of American Artist Violet Oakley and her "Red Rose Girls" who chose to live and work together in solidarity - focused on their art. We don’t live together, but do love working together and love playing great music written by women! Each exceptional Jazz artists in their own right, The Roses include many outstanding female Jazz musicians, poets, and dancers ~ performing in many creative formations - always interesting, innovative, emotional, and elegant.

Click here to learn more about The Roses here!

The East Coast Roses are available for special concert performances and private events in the greater Philadelphia area, PA, DE, NJ, NY, MD. The West Coast Roses are available in the greater Seattle & Puget Sound area as well as OR & Western Canada. The Ottawa Roses will begin booking late in 2020! 


Reach out! We'd love to come to play a special concert or your private party for you!

For Booking inquiries, contact

Jean Lenke, Project Manager.



  • Live@Lunch with the Red Rose Combo
    Wed, Jul 08
    Dilworth Park
    Jul 08, 2020, 4:00 PM
    Dilworth Park, 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
    Catch us swinging... with Lynn Riley, sax, Suzzette Ortiz, keys & Karen Smith, percussion. Free & bring your lunch! Sponsored by PNC Bank
  • The Roses Celebrate Women's History Month at the Royal Room!
    Mar 26, 2020, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118, USA
    With Jean Lenke, Vocals, Nelda Swiggett, Keys, Marina Christopher, Bass, Taryn Zickefoose, Drums, Marge Rosen, Trumpet & Ann Nordling, Sax! with very special appearances by Nicole Waters, Rani Weatherby, Kim Maguire, Sarah Shea & More!
  • Jazz at the Woodmere!
    Fri, Oct 04
    Woodmere Art Museum
    Oct 04, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118, USA
    RED ROSE COMBO: CELEBRATING WOMEN IN JAZZ Featuring Rose Combo musicians Kendrah Butler Waters (piano), Monnette Sudler (bass), Toni Momma-t Curtis (vocals & spoken word) & Karen Smith (percussion).
  • New Brunswick Jazz Project Concert
    Thu, Aug 22
    Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
    Aug 22, 2019, 8:00 PM – Aug 23, 2019, 11:00 PM
    Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, 2 Albany St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
    Featuring Red Rose Combo musicians Karen Smith (percussion), Mary Buck (bass), Vanessa Taylor (sax) & Rachael Bodek (violin).
  • Summer Concert at Carteret Waterfront!
    Sun, Aug 18
    Waterfront Fitness Trail
    Aug 18, 2019, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Waterfront Fitness Trail, Waterfront Fitness Trail, Carteret, NJ 07008, USA
    Featuring Red Rose Combo Musicians ~ Karen Smith (percussion), Monnette Sudler (bass), Erica Mack (keys, vocals, guitar), Vanessa Taylor (sax), Donna Dorman (percussion), & Leslie Hamilton (spoke word) - #celebratewomen