del Rosario draws you in with an uncanny grasp of the jazz, blues
and soul idioms...Like Bill Evans and Miles Davis, the silences between
the notes are always as emotionally telling as the words themselves."
- John Stevens
del Rosario was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. The youngest
of five children, Marlene at first pursued a corporate career but
the siren call of music enticed her to take a sabbatical and study
at the Berklee College of Music. She has since moved permanently to
Boston and has released two albums on Blue Earth Music, the first
CD, "Crying Days," a collection of pop-jazz and r&b
tunes, most of which she wrote. Her second CD, "Marlene, Live
with a Little Help From Her Friends," mostly jazz with some originals,
has received praise from British critic, John Stevens of E-jazz News.
Marlene leads The Marlene Jazz Ensemble and has performed in various
festivals and concert series such as Boston Arts, Piers Park, Jazz
in July. Her Boston-based ensemble includes renowned trumpeter, Greg
Hopkins, who was a member of The Buddy Rich Orchestra and who has
played with such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie
Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. In addition, she has performed
internationally, opening for Cuban pianist, Omar Sosa at the Philippine
International Jazz Festival, and at concerts in Peru benefitting the
Home for the Aged. She has entertained Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand
as well as Filipino Presidents, Fidel Ramos and Cory Aquino. She has
also performed for Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick as well as
former Mayor Menino and local senators. Marlene was featured by Cosmopolitan
Magazine (Phils.) and was a cover story for Life and Times (Phils.)
for her musical achievementsts.
Marlene has also performed for great causes including the Aids Walk,
a UN-benefit to remove landmines in Mozambique, benefits for the victims
of Katrina, Haiti earthquake, Chile earthquake, Japan Tsunami, Hurricane
Sandy, and for 2014, Philippine typhoon Haiyan.
In addition to performing, Marlene
teaches piano and voice and is faculty at ZUMIX, a non-profit organization
that empowers youth through music programs.
Marlene del Rosario- vocals, piano
Various personnel for drums, acoustic bass, guitar or horn
LIVE, With a Little Help From Her Friends (2008)- Blue
Days (2003)- Blue Earth Corp.