DJS Jazz Spotlite Featuring Pianist Rick Roe

Rick RoeThis DJS Jazz Spotlite features multi-award winning pianist Rick Roe. He is a respected educator and one of the Professors of Jazz at Michigan State University. Rick has served as an educator/clinician at the University of Arizona, North Texas University, the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Michigan, and the Montreaux/Detroit Jazz Festival. He has performed with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, Rodney Whitaker, Frank Foster, Gerald Cleaver, Louis Smith, and many others.

Rick won First Place in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 1994, was twice a Semifinalist in Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, in 1993 and 1999, and has been a featured performer in the Jacksonville (Florida) Jazz, Savannah (Georgia) Onstage International Arts, Montreaux/Detroit International Jazz (now the Detroit International Jazz Festival), Birmingham Jazz, Lansing Jazz, Flint Jazz, and Hawaii Jazz (with Frank Morgan) Festivals.

This DJS Jazz Spotlite will feature the title track from Rick’s latest album, Minor Shuffle. The album also features the great, young bassist Josef Deas and smokin’ drummer Thaddeus Dixon.

To learn more about Rick or to purchase any of his superb recordings please visit his Myspace page at

Opening Music -Riff3 – Dave Luther
Motor City Horns (
Trumpet – Ben Toman
Trumpet – Mark Byerly
Alto Saxophone – Dave Luther
Tenor Saxophone – Keith Kaminski
Trombone – John Rutherford

Background Music – Mark Byerly’s the resurrection available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P. Go to for more information


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