New York Times

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The Chicago Tribune


Recommended by Howard Reich: "Rose Colella: The Chicago singer celebrates the release of her album "Cocktail." 9 p.m. Friday at the Green Mill Jazz Club" Click here for full story


All About Jazz

"elegantly tipsy and exuberant" "Her duet with Marinaro is nothing but understated fun." "'Let's Misbehave' is a hearty throwback with Colella supplying her own backup vocals while saxophonist Chris Madsen throws a bit of swing into the mix." "Cocktail is a durable collection of standards that are well performed and presented."

The Chicago Tribune (Cover Story)

"Love Is in the Air: A Valentine's Day Jazz Concert": "For a romantic setting, may we suggest the ballroom of the beautiful Driehaus Museum. For the night of Valentine's Day, a live jazz concert by the Rose Colella Trio promises to fill the room with love songs, torch songs and love-gone-wrong songs."  Click here for full story

The Chicago Tribune

Recommended "Dancing to the Rose Colella Quartet" on New Year's Eve.  Click here for the full story

The Chicago Tribune

"What's worth checking out this weekend in jazz in Chicago? Here are highlights...Rose Colella: 'the High-Hat Club this weekend turns the spotlight to Colella, another seasoned Chicago jazz singer. 9 p.m. Friday'" Click here for full story

The Chicago Tribune

"Upcoming engagements by noted Chicago vocalists Paul Marinaro and Rose Colella suggest indeed intends to keep the jazz flame burning at the High-Hat...Singer Rose Colella plays at 9 p.m. Friday"  Click here for full story

Los Angeles Jazz Scene

A very good jazz singer from Chicago, Rose Colella is in top form throughout Cocktail. Joined by a top-notch quintet that includes pianist Don Murphy, guitarist Don Effland and tenor-saxophonist Chris Madsen (all of whom have solo space), the vocalist performs a wide variety of material. Her voice is beautiful and inviting, she sometimes recalls Helen Humes in her high notes and the general happiness of her delivery, and she contributed many arrangements that add new life to these songs. Among the highlights on “That’s Love” (based on a famous Bizet melody), a rollicking “Flying Home” (when was the last time someone sang that song?), “Baby Doll,” (which has a 1940s  blues/trad feel that perfectly fits her voice and style), “One Mint Julep,” a successful and joyful revival of the Ella Fitzgerald favorite “Mr. Paganini,” and “Let’s Misbehave.” A delightful medley of “Would You Like To Take A Walk” and “I’ll Get Ideas” teams Rose Colella with the warm singer Paul Marinaro. She contributes her wistful original “Lonely View” and pays tribute to her grandmother Lola Bard (who recorded with Bobby Hackett in the late 1930s) by singing the ballad “You, You And Especially You.” Everything works well on her highly recommended CD which is available from

NPR Jazz/A Blog Supreme

"Rose Colella, a vocalist, also comes from a musical family — even if everyone has forgotten about her grandmother."  Click here for full story

Time Out Chicago

Recommended "The Rose Colella Quartet's Holiday Jazz Party" @ Katerina's: "Colella and co. stay busy at a frosty jazz party as the sizzling vocalist croons through Christmas standards and hip holiday hits like Louis Armstrong's 'Cool Yule.'"

JAZZIZ Magazine

Featured in the annual Women's Issue, along with an online feature of a track from the album "Small Hours."


LA Jazz Scene

"a relaxed and thoughtful style"  "sings perfectly in tune, and displays a quietly appealing voice"  "delivers a sincere and very musical message, paying tribute to the lyrics and the melody while putting a bit of her confident calmness into the music"

Chicago Jazz Magazine

"a charming voice, solid arrangements and a backing band that could make the Incredible Hulk swing––and hard"  "a slam dunk of an album"  "charming, swinging and full of good cheer"  "absolutely beautiful" "a solid debut outing by this trio" "Fans of standards done by newer folks will have quite a hard time finding a better collection than The Small Hours, both in song selection and performance"  Click here for full story

Naperville Magazine

"The School of Performing Arts Music Faculty and Chicago-based Jazz Vocalist, Rose Colella, has officially released her much-anticipated album, 'Cocktail.'”

Food & Beverage Magazine

The Herald Palladium (Michigan)

"Five Questions with Rose Colella"  Click here for full story

Chicago News Coop
"A Jazz Singer Hopes to Pick Up Where Her Grandmother Left Off" Click here to read the full story
Gazette Chicago

Christmas in Chicago activities guarantee holiday fun for all ages.  SPECIAL TREATS:Maxim’s will host the Rose Colella Trio’s performance of holiday jazz on Wed., Dec. 7. A reception will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, and reservations are required.

Cadence Magazine

"an unabashed Jazz singer"  "a coolly coquettish and swinging manner"  "Colella brings lowdown sass to 'Blossom’s Blues' and shines on the bright bossa nova rhythm of 'Never Will I Marry'”

Concierge Preferred Chicago Weekender

"Colella’s voice is pure seduction as it’s as sweet as honey, but if you listen carefully it carries a tiny rasp at the end to keep your attention.  That ability to be sweet yet command attention is the foundation of man of the greatest female jazz singers."  Click here for full story

WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago's Jazz Radio Station

"Another one of Chicago’s premier vocalists"  "gorgeously atmospheric" Click here for the full story



Featured the electronica album "The Elckcloner" with Rose on lead vocals, which reached #13 on MTV Adria in May 2012.  Click here for full story

Crain's Chicago Businees "Top 10 Things to do This Weekend"

Recommended The Rose Colella Trio's "Ella, Billie & The Femme Fatales of Jazz" @ The Driehaus Museum.  Click here for the full story

Brides Magazine

Recommended as the top pick for jazz wedding entertainment by event planner Melissa Phillips 



Roosevelt University

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International Review of Music (Chicago Pick of the Week)

"lyrical vocal style"  Click here for full story

Jazz Notes (CDs of Note)

"a pleasant, enjoyable voice." Click here for full story

Time Out Chicago

Recommended "The Rose Colella Trio plays Blossom Dearie" show at Katerina's: "Any excuse to hear a tribute to one of jazz's most underrated, unpretentious vocalists we'll take. And to their credit, vocalist Colella and guitarist Dan Effland do a darn good job resurrecting Dearie's work"

Time Out Chicago

“Local singer Rose Colella gives new life to old standards on Small Hours, her debut with guitarist Dan Effland and bassist Joe Policastro.”

Positively Naperville

Recommended The Rose Colella Trio's VIP appearance: "Chicago Jazz Recording Artist and School of Performing Arts Music Director Rose Colella will provide vocal jazz entertainment for a VIP pre-concert Jazz Cabaret in Madden Hall."

PRX "The Night Cafe"

Recommended The Rose Colella Trio's recording of "Come Fly with Me" and played on their podcast.  Click here to listen

The Chicago Tribune

Recommended The Rose Colella Duo's performance @ Mancini's.  Click here for full story The Oak Park Leaves

Recommended The Rose Colella Duo's performance @ Mancini's.  Click here for full story

The Chicago Tribune

Recommended The Rose Colella Quartet "Dining and Dancing on New Year's Eve at Waterleaf"  Click here for full story

The Barn Presents Notes from the Jazz Underground

Click here for the full story on Rose's appearance on the electronica album, "The Elkcloner"

Smooth Jazz Entertainment

"a lovely lady, blessed with height and an incredible singing voice.  Her gentle, engaging presence is warm and friendly—the type of person you’ve never met, yet always known."  Click here for the full story

Arts America

"she massages each lyric with deep musical sensitivity and emotional maturity."  "She uses a gentle whisper to caress a melody or a tasteful touch of vibrato on the end of a note" "sophisticated, swinging" "her smoky tone and melodic ornamentations"  Click here for full story

The Musebox

Review of Rose's appearance on the electronica album, "The Elkcloner": "incomparably cool vocals, which in tandem with the Mitrovic’s often obscure but inviting beats often recalls the sounds of Massive Attack, Portishead, and Morcheeba. "

Bloody Disgusting

Review of Rose's vocals on the electronica album "The Elkcloner"  Click here for full story

The Chicago Reader

Recommended Rose's guest appearance with drummer Matt Wilson @ The Jazz Showcase.  Click here for full story

Review of Rose's show with Paul Marinaro @ The Jazz Showcase.  Click here for full story