1040 N Mills Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
9:00 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013
Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio
A gifted musician and songwriter , Bobby started playing when he was 7; his first instrument was the upright bass. He played the drums until his mother got sick of toting them around to practice (before he could drive) and he played the upright bass until the day he was nearly stabbed in the head by it's peg when his mom slammed on the brakes... Growing up listening to all sorts of music, much of which he inherited from the stashes of 8-tracks on the floors of the cars his dad would repossess, Bobby has incorporated a wide variety of musical tenets into his musical vocabulary. Given the timing of his high school years, it was almost inevitable that he gravitate toward the hard rock sounds of AC/DC and other hair bands, but it was one Melvin Hodges who changed Rodgers' life forever. Hodges was the jazz band instructor at Bobby's high school, and it was through his insistence that that the young musician start focusing his talents and studies on America's finest art form-Jazz. From there, Rodgers went to study at the University of Georgia, and after graduating, headed to Berklee School of Music in Boston. Rodgers was awarded an honorary degree after auditing a handful of classes, and was quickly hired to teach in the Performance Studies department where he taught Jazz Improvisation. His gig at Berklee earned him quite a prestigious epithet: his hiring placed Rodgers among the three youngest instructors to ever teach at the famous music college. As fans of Bobby's know, his obvious talent does not lie in his technical skill alone. A prolific songwriter, Rodgers' tunes number in the hundreds. They have been featured in commercials, movies and television shows such as The Real World and Road Rules (MTV productions.) The nascency of his fan base was during his years in Boston, when his band Bobby Lee Rodgers & The Herd toured throughout New England and earning a variety of top industry awards (all while teaching full time.) Eventually the call of the road became too strong and he left his position at Berklee. Rodgers moved back to the south, eventually landing again in his home town of Atlanta. Over the last 9 years, Rodgers toured full-time with his band The CodeTalkers. They appeared at both Bonnaroo and Vegoose, and Bobby was featured on NPR's Morning Edition (a huge compliment considering the host, Ashley Kahn, is a famous Jazz historian best known for his biography of Miles Davis) and had the opportunity to play in Tokyo on the invitation of their Japanese record label, which has released two CodeTalkers' albums to date. Through a variety of line-up changes, the band's single constant was the presence of his tunes; the fans who are responsible for carrying Rodgers through to where he is today always show their enthusiasm by singing along to their favorites and bringing their friends to the next show. Retiring The CodeTalkers at the start of 2009, Bobby is currently involved in projects with Joe Craven and Ike Stubblefield. He has been in the studio recording with both and has plans to tour with Ike and drummer Marcus Williams beginning in late May. Look for the Rodgers/Craven project to release a CD later in the year and for the long-awaited studio album from Bobby (featuring drummer Mark Raudabaugh) to come out soon as well. Rodgers is deeply appreciative to every single fan who has continued to support him through all the changes that are inevitable in an industry such as this. He writes for himself, but he performs for you. We look forward to seeing you on the road!
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