Detroit JazzStage Welcomes Pianist Rick Roe

Rick RoeWhat do Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Rodney Whitaker, Greg Hutchinson, Bobby Watson, have in common? They have all had our May guest in their piano chair. Your featured artist this month is the great pianist, Rick Roe.

Featured music is taken from his recordings The Changeover (1997) where he is joined by bassist Rodney Whitaker and the fiery drummer Karriem Riggins.

Roe/Keller/Cleaver – The Late, Late Show (2001) featured our December guest Paul Keller on bass along with drummer/ phenomenon Gerald Cleaver .

You will even hear a selection from Rick Roe’s latest recording Sphere (2005). His latest is a duo album featuring Rodney Whitaker and was recorded by our own Mark Byerly .

In the Detroit JazzStage tradition of bringing you music that can’t be heard anywhere else, we present “Be-Dop” from the MSU Professors of Jazz. Joining Rick on piano is the bassist Rodney Whitaker with Randy Gelispie on drums. The horns are Derrick Gardner playing trumpet, trombonist Vincent Gardner and Diego Rivera performing on tenor sax. CDs are available for purchase at www.cdbaby.com .
Information on Rick Roe can be found at
http://www.myspace.com/rickroe

Music

Punctuation Situation (intro piece before interview)
Piano – Rick Roe

Be-Dop from the MSU Professors of Jazz (unreleased recording).
Piano – Rick Roe
Bass – Rodney Whitaker
Drums – Randy Gelispie
Trumpet – Derrick Gardner
Trombone – Vincent Gardner
Tenor Sax – Diego Rivera – tenor sax.

Hop On Pop from The Changeover
Piano – Rick Roe
Bass – Rodney Whitaker
Drums – Karriem Riggins

Close To The Equator from Roe/Keller/Cleaver – The Late, Late Show
Piano – Rick Roe
Bass – Paul Keller
Drums – Gerald Cleaver

Zacatecas from The Changeover
Piano – Rick Roe
Bass – Rodney Whitaker
Drums – Karriem Riggins

Salt River Blues from Sphere
Piano – Rick Roe
Rodney Whitaker

Indigo from Sphere
Piano – Rick Roe
Rodney Whitaker

A section of Skeletones from The Changeover

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music – Mark Byerly’s Marks Mood available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Closing Music – Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.
Go to bopculture.com for more information.

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