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RODERICK HARPER / Bio

Roderick’s has been singing almost as long as he has been speaking. “The first jazz record I actually purchased was Wynton Marsalis’ “Think Of One.” “It scared me and made me curious at the same time, because I had never heard anything like that before.” “The record caused me to take a second look and listen to my father’s record collection.” “I was hooked!” His first formal jazz training came from Sarah Vaughn’s accompanist, John Malachi. He performed in the Southern University Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Jazz Clarinetist, Alvin Batiste). “I learned so much during my time performing in the Jazz Ensemble!” He studied 3+ years of classical voice in order to develop a better understanding of his instrument.

Roderick is a native of Washington, D.C. In school, he formed and was part of numerous jazz groups. One of those groups was Alvin Batiste and the Jazzstranauts. This afforded him the opportunity to come to the attention of jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis. With the recommendation of Batiste, Roderick was invited to sing with Marsalis anytime. This led him to land a featured spot in the Ellis Marsalis Quartet.

Being under the experienced hand of Marsalis brought about many opportunities for Roderick to perform with the likes of Jon Hendricks of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Betty Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis, Joe Sample, Danny Barker, Kent Jordan, Mark Whitfield, Joe Lavano, Bobby Watson, Marcus Roberts, Cyrus Chestnut, Nicholas Payton, Wessel Anderson, James Carter, The Harper Brothers, Stephen Scott, Brian Blade, Max Roach, Terence Blanchard, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and many others. He sung in the HBO movie, “Soul Of The Game,” and the BET movie “Blackout”, as well as recording a Folders Coffee Comercial.

General Info

Band Members
DOUG BISTROW - Bass, DARWIN NOGUERA - Piano, ANDRE BEASLEY - Drums, VICTOR GARCIA - Trumpet
Artist Name
RODERICK HARPER
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/roderickharper
Genres
Jazz / Vocal

Contact Info

Location
Bellwood, IL
Manager
Janice Brown / Jazzevents

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