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Rodney Whitaker

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Rodney Whitaker is associate professor of double bass and director of jazz studies at the Michigan State University College of Music.

Whitaker is one of the leading performers and teachers of jazz double bass in the United States. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and received national recognition performing with the Terence Blanchard Quintet. Whitaker has also toured internationally as a featured performer with the Roy Hargrove Quintet. In addition, he has appeared and presented master classes at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) conferences. Featured on more than 100 recordings - from film to compact discs - Whitaker's film score, China, directed by Jeff Wray, was released on PBS in 2002.

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

Album

Keeper of the Flame

Label: D Clef Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Big P; Bye Bye Blackbird; Hand in Glove; Blame It on My Youth; Blues by Four; Naima; Elusive; Get Organized; Passion Dance.

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Cranbrook Christmas Jazz

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Personent Hodie; The Christmas Song; In the Bleak Midwinter; We Three Kings; I Love the Winter Weather; Christmas Time is Here; Winter Wonderland; O Holy Night; A Child is Born; My Favorite Things; It’s Easy to Blame the Weather; Little Drummer Boy; Silent Night; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

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Outrospection: The Music of Gregg Hill

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Outrospection; New Sunday; Dollah Hollah; Bridge to Nashua; Stargazer; J-Quest; Ballade; Cadillac Club; Aloogabooga; Pointe Being; The Peace Song.

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Tim Mayer: Keeper of the Flame

Read "Keeper of the Flame" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On Keeper of the Flame, Tim Mayer, a Bostonian who now calls Mexico home, leads a sharp, swinging group of like-minded amigos on a (mostly) octet studio date enriched by Diego Rivera's colorful arrangements. Mayer plays tenor sax on half a dozen tracks, soprano sax on “Bye Bye Blackbird" and “Get Organized," alto flute on “Elusive." ...

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Rodney Whitaker: Outrospection: The Music of Gregg Hill

Read "Outrospection: The Music of Gregg Hill" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Bassist Rodney Whitaker grew out of the Detroit jazz tradition, paying dues along the way on the road with the likes of Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis and Kenny Garrett. His hard-driving style personifies modern post-bop jazz, with his dedication to tradition acting as a catalyst rather than a deterrent from innovation. On ...

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Outrospection

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 06:27

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Rodney Whitaker with the Christ Church Cranbrook Choir: Cranbrook Christmas Jazz

Read "Cranbrook Christmas Jazz" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Bassist Rodney Whitaker has been a huge presence in Michigan jazz for decades, with his leadership of the Michigan State University jazz program complementing his many other projects and giving him the opportunity to mentor upcoming generations of jazz talent. He has become a crucial ambassador for the music as well, with community outreach being a ...

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Realization

Label: D-Clef Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: D is for Dastardly- Comp: Chris Glassman; In You Own Head: Comp: Altin Sencalar; Impressions- Comp: John Coltrane ARR: Addison Frei; When Reality Sets in- Comp: Altin Sencalar; Nobody Else But Me- ARR: Randy Napoleon; It's No Wonder- Comp: Chris Glassman; What Was Good is Good: Comp: Altin Sencalar; The Maze: Comp: Herbie Hancock, ARR: Steve Davis; The Big D: Comp: Michale Dease; Shortcake: JJ Johnson ARR: Jason Hainsworth; Realization: Comp: Chris Glassman Arr: Joseph Herbst.

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In the Bleak Midwinter

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 5:00


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