Tori Roze

Tori R.

San Diego, CA

Lesson Details



Tori delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Lead singer of highly notable original funky soul-jazz band Tori Roze and The Hot Mess, Tori is a powerhouse vocalist and performer. Formally trained as a musical theatre performer and professionally seasoned as a musician, her array of tools to draw from is absolutely incomparable. Mastering live gigs are easy with Tori, she plays over 100 a year herself.

Musically, her band has been blazing a trail ever since their inception in 2008. Tori Roze and The Hot Mess has been nominated for three San Diego Music Awards ("Best Acoustic," "Best Blues Album," and "Best Pop Album") and they have ventured on four national tours. Roze has also been named "The Voice" of San Diego by an audience voted competition held by NBC San Diego. Emoting is second nature to this vocal beast, she can't help but bring that bit of authenticity to the table. Any style, she's a master, just ask her to demonstrate.

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Singer/Trumpet Player/Manager
May 2008 - Present
Tori Roze and The Hot Mess

Seeking nothing more than to shed light on the human experience, Tori Roze is a key artist in conveying the emotional intent behind a song. If you are seeing her live, hold on tight because you won't be the same after she opens her mouth. "Hearing Tori Roze's sultry voice for the first time is like learning that Santa Claus isn't real: It absolutely breaks your heart. Roze seduces you with her Erykah Badu-esque flair, and just when you think she can't be any smoother, she claws her way into your ears with her rocking roars" (San Diego City Beat). The Hot Mess, comprised of five exceptional jazz-infused "pocket" players that bring the house down (one of which is her mother), leaves you reeling with toe-tapping excitement. "This is Soul for today: tight, sophisticated, and up-to-date...a winner" (San Diego Troubadour). Since the inception of the band in 2008 and the release of their debut album "From the Hip" in December 2010 (recorded by multiple Grammy Award winning engineer, Alan Sanderson), Tori Roze and The Hot Mess have been blazing a trail with local and regional media playing alongside the likes of Nikka Costa, The Bird & The Bee, and Margaret Cho. "We like to put some stank on it, bottom line," Roze says of their fearless genre-bending musical style. Their unique edge being that of heart-driven funky soul-jazz grooves enveloped in the emotionally potent lyrical truth that Roze serves up in spades, Tori Roze and The Hot Mess deliver serious human connection and an original sound that is absolutely unforgettable.

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Substitute Teacher
Dec 2007 - Present
Lemon Grove School District

Substitute Teacher: K-8. Teaching every single subject available to students in a K-8 setting. Ability to improvise and engage a classroom full of students.

Professional Vocalist
Feb 2002 - Present
Tori Roze

Named “The Voice” of San Diego by NBC San Diego, Tori has been working professionally as a vocalist in many capacities including original music performance (Tori Roze (solo) & Tori Roze and The Hot Mess, BMI), musical theatre performance (Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Diversionary Theatre, Coronado Playhouse, Original Recording for “Plymouth Rock: The Musical”), voiceover for commercials (NuCote), songs for commercials (Singing Serpent Publishing House), vocal appearances on albums for other artists (Jennie Buss, Michael Kristofferson, John Roy, Jeffrey Joe, Rob Deez, Stevie Harris).

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Bachelor of the Arts: Theatre
Sep 2002 - Jun 2005
University of California, Santa Cruz
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Musical Theatre
Sep 2001 - Apr 2002
Boston Conservatory of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Bachelor of the Arts: Theatre
Jun 2005
University of California, Santa Cruz


Best Supporting Actress
Apr 2015
Coronado Playhouse


Broadcast Music Inc.
Oct 2010

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Photos & Videos

Tori Roze and The Hot Mess LIVE @ Fox and Jane performing "Do Me Good" by Amy Winehouse.
Tori Roze, self-portrait.

Tori Roze and Johnny Alexander performing "Do Me Good" live.
Original song and video "Little Black Ballerina" by Tori Roze and The Hot Mess.
Original song & video "Tick Tock" by Tori Roze and The Hot Mess
Tori Roze, photo by Teresa Heath.

Tori Roze, photo by Carlo Ricci.

Tori Roze playing trumpet, photo by Aliya Rose Photography.

Tori Roze, photo by Aliya Rose Photography
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Jordan M. May 4, 2016
Singing · In studio

Tori is incredible. She has a great voice and always gives her all on stage. One of the most entertaining people I've met. She is a force :)

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