Rochelle House was born in San Jose California. Her father was a basketball coach; her mother was a philosopher. She says,“Both of my parents sang to me. My father sang country songs from his youth and my mother sang, beautiful folk songs to us at bedtime. She always had the record player on with a mix of Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, and Barbra Streisand.”
Rochelle studied studying jazz, commercial music and studio singing, in Southern California at Golden West College. While learning how to work in a recording studio she discovered a passion for studio time that remains to this day. In her twenties, she changed her artistic focus from music to child development, raising “four very beautiful human beings.” During this period she wrote “a bunch of folk songs” during nap time.
In her forties Rochelle returned to music, going to jam sessions, studying with the free jazz vocalist Jay Clayton, and attending the Centrum jazz workshops. She took courses at the University of Washington and, mixed them up, with classes at Antioch University to get her B.A. Having just earned a master’s degree in Whole Systems Design at the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle, Rochelle admits she went back to school to educate herself in order to write more powerful lyrics.
With all of the time spent in the recording studio as a youth Rochelle came to think of the recording process as an art form. Her first recording “Dreams of love” was well received by the community. It earned her a nomination for Vocalist of the Year, by Seattle’s Earshot Jazz organization.
These days, Rochelle is promoting her sophomore CD “Water.” An interesting mix of her own compositions and more unusual pieces played by a group of world class Seattle-based jazz musicians, including pianist Marc Seales, trumpeter Cuong Vu, cellist Paul Rucker, bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, and Drummer D’Vonne Lewis. She classifies this music as “Cold Jazz.”
Using ‘Water’ as the title of this cd – and including the organization Water1st. on the cd cover – is an attempt to encourage people to become familiar with the decisions that are being made about water ownership and the availability of clean water.