Internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist, Rodney Whitaker is back in Australia and plays a not to be missed one off gig at Foundry616 on Saturday August 3rd. Currently holding a Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University He is considered one of the leading performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the United States.
Originally from Detroit, Whitaker’s first move into the national limelight was performing with the Harrison/Blanchard Quintet and he went on to earn an international reputation as one of the world’s finest jazz bass performers during a seven-year tenure with Wynton Marsalis’ Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His career has seen him tour the world collaborating and performing with legendary jazz artists such as Jimmy Heath, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Jon Faddis, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Wycliffe Gordon, Kenny Burrell, Bob James, Benny Golson, Regina Carter, Pat Matheny, Nicholas Payton, Joshua Redman, Stephon Harris, , James Carter, Steve Turre, Claudio Roditi, Junko Onishi, Harry Allen, Ronnie Matthews, Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Randy Brecker, Rickey Woodard, Bobby Shew, Donald Byrd, Branford Marsalis, Greg Hutchinson, Carl Allen, Herlin Riley, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Terrell Stafford, Tim Warfield, Bruce Barth, Jon Carl Hendricks, Roy Hargrove, as well as tthe late greats: Dizzy Gelispie, Mulgrew Miller, Tommy Flanagan, John Lewis, Marian McPartland, Donald Walden, Joe Henderson, Hank Jones, Frank Morgan and Betty ‘Bebop’ Carter as well as performing with leading symphony orchestras world-wide. In addition, he has appeared and presented master classes at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) conferences.
Rodney is one of the most in demand and swinging bass players on the scene and has recorded Roy Hargrove, Pat Methany and Wynton Marsalis. Featured on more than 100+ recordings — from film to compact discs — Whitaker’s film scores, China, directed by Jeff Wray, was released on PBS Fall 2002 and Malaria and Malawi, released on PBS Fall 2010. Also, Whitaker has a DVD release featuring Michigan State University’s Jazz Department entitled, “Inside Jazz” and two new compact discs entitled, “Get Ready” & “Word To Do”—both on Mack Avenue. In 2011, more recently he was nominated for an EMMY for the ‘Original Music’ category, “Malawi and Malaria: Fighting to Save the Children” produced by Robert Gould and Sue Carter.
A proven and committed jazz educator, Whitaker has presented numerous master classes across the nation at locations such as Duke University, Howard University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Barbican in London, the New School (NY), Lincoln Center, and the Detroit International Jazz Festival. In addition, he is a consultant with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in the development of the jazz education department, and has served on the faculties of University of Michigan and Julliard Institute of Jazz.
In 2006, he was nominated for the Juno Award, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy, for his work on “Let Me Tell You About My Day,” produced by Alma Records. Whitaker collaborated with musicians Phil Dwyer (musician) and Alan Jones on the album, which was nominated for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year.
Now based in East Lansing, Whitaker continues to serve many of the talented in the state of Michigan. His legacy of teaching promises to be distinguished with former students currently performing with jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Pat Matheny, The Count Basie Orchestra and Stephon Harris.
For this special performance Rodney is joined by a number of the leading exponents of hard swinging jazz gathered by the great drummer Andrew Dickeson. We’re very pleased to have as special guest that wonderful trumpeter Matt Jodrell, who teaches at the James Morrison Academy and has made the trip to Sydney especially to play with Rodney.
Pianist John Harkins, a regular at Foundry616 programme, needs little introduction to the Sydney audience. His energy and exciting soloing will fit in perfectly with the work of his fellow miusicians.
Alto and tenor saxophonist is also a welcome addition to the band. He is an imaginative, exciting soloist who deserves to be heard more often in a small group setting.
General – $30.00 incl booking fee
Concession – $24.00 incl booking fee
Dinner & Show – $63.00 incl booking fee
Premium Dinner & Show – $78.00 incl booking fee
Drinks & Show – $50.00 incl booking fee