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admin : September 28, 2010 11:41 pm : Awards, Band, News

Jazz at Lincoln Center Logo TOUR ANNOUNCED
Jazz at Lincoln Center & U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs selects Johnny Rodgers Band for their prestigious Rhythm Road, American Music Abroad Tour.
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Rhythm Road Tour Dates

admin : September 28, 2010 3:04 pm : Band, News
THE 2010 RHYTHM ROAD: AMERICAN MUSIC ABROAD PROGRAM ANNOUNCES
JOHNNY RODGERS BAND TOUR DATES

JOHNNY RODGERS BAND CHOSEN FOR SOUTHEAST ASIA & PACIFIC ISLANDS TOUR TO PROMOTE CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Who/What:
Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs announced that the Johnny Rodgers Band will tour Southeast Asia & Pacific Islands with The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program. The pop group from New York City was selected from a pool of 132 applicants to travel abroad and promote cross-cultural understanding. International tour activities will include public concerts, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions, collaborations with local musicians, and media outreach.

As part of The Rhythm Road, Johnny Rodgers Band will also perform two concerts in the United States. In Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Society will present the first concert on December 2, 2010 at 7:15pm at the Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. The second concert will be presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center on December 11, 2010 at 2:30pm at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Where/When:
Johnny Rodgers Band will tour to Fiji (November 2 – 5), Papa New Guinea (November 6 – 10), Singapore (November 11 – 15), Cambodia (November 16 – 20), Philippines (November 21 – 25), and Malaysia (November 26 – 29).
*Dates and locations subject to change
U.S. Concert Dates:
• Washington, D.C.: December 2, 2010 at 7:15pm at the Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW
• New York City: December 11, 2010 at 2:30pm at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

How:
For more information visit The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad at jalc.org/TheRoad, now with additional elements including featured countries, bands, stories from the road, and more.

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Johnny Rodgers Band Selected by Jazz At Lincoln Center

admin : November 6, 2009 2:56 pm : Awards, Band, News

Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs have announced that Johnny Rodgers Band will tour with The Rhythm Road American Music Abroad program in 2010.

Selected for their great sound, artistic integrity, musical ability and educational skills, the Johnny Rodgers Band will tour internationally with The Rhythm Road program to share their music with the world to promote cross-cultural understanding with special emphasis on countries not regularly visited by American musicians. Tour activities will include public concerts, master classes, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions, media outreach and collaborations with local musicians. Johnny Rodgers Band members include Johnny Rodgers on piano and vocals, Brian Glassman on bass, Danny Mallon on drums and Joe Ravo on guitar. “It is a great honor to be selected by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department as a music ambassador” said Rodgers after receiving the news. “We look forward to sharing our music and connecting with music lovers around the world.”

10 American music ensembles were selected to participate in the 2010 Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program. Selected ensembles specialize in the musical genres of jazz, urban/hip hop and other American roots music including bluegrass, blues and gospel. While Johnny Rodgers Band crosses many American genres, the band’s selection in the roots category reflects the many voices of America that are found in their music.

Soon to be announced are Johnny Rodgers Band performances as part of The Rhythm Road in New York at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center and in Washington, D.C. presented by National Geographic Live! at the Grosvenor Auditorium The ensemble’s four week long international tour is also soon to be announced. The

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: American Music Abroad program is made possible with underwriting support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

Johnny Rodgers Band has several upcoming performances planned in the New York area including a holiday return engagement at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency on November 30 and Iridium Jazz Club on January 19. In between on December 10-12 Johnny performs at the inaugural Miami Music Festival, and then February takes the band back to Florida for Performing Arts Centers, outdoor festivals, Super Bowl and Palm Beach’s The Colony Hotel performances. Check out what Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department will be sharing with the world!

Johnny Rodgers Band is brilliant jumping from one style to another with the ease of an expert trapezist: pop, rock, jazz. Their music literally takes you on a guided tour of American pop exhibiting the driving energy of rock and roll, blended with jazz sophistication. The band’s chemistry and Johnny’s personable stage presence completes the formula that creates the band’s dynamic performances. Johnny recently released two EP’s to add to his 2005 debut CD titled Box Of Photographs. The new releases are the indie-pop Bound Together, featuring the Father’s Day/graduation tribute The Best Of You In Me picked by Hal Leonard publishing for a Pop chorale arrangement, and Let’s Make a Date, the title song being a big-band swing duet with Johnny and Liza Minnelli. Music and more at www.johnnyrodgersband.com , iTunes, Amazon and select New York and Miami F.Y.E stores.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, a jazz hall of fame and concert series, weekly national radio programs, television broadcasts, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, jazz appreciation curriculum for students, music publishing, children’s concerts and classes, lectures, adult education courses, student and educator workshops and interactive websites. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Chairman Lisa Schiff and Executive Director Adrian Ellis, Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce thousands of events each season in its home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, and around the world.

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international educational and exchange programs. Through its Cultural Programs Division, the Bureau supports a variety of cultural exchanges programs that support U.S. foreign policy, foster America‘s artistic excellence, and demonstrate America’s respect and appreciation for other cultures and traditions. The http://exchanges.state.gov/education/citizens/culture/index.htm

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: American Music Abroad program presents selected professional American performers on concert tours in countries with limited exposure to live American culture. For more information, visit

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Johnny Rodgers Band’s “Bound Together” Receives Song Performance Award

admin : June 6, 2009 2:49 pm : Awards, Band, News

KEY BISCAYNE, FL, June 05, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ — The judges of the 12th Annual Unisong International Songwriting Contest awarded Johnny Rodgers Band in the Performance Category (Artist & Song) where the winner is judged equally on the quality of their song AND the performance of it. Johnny Rodgers Band joins an elite group of winners selected from the thousands of entries from around the world.
The award winning song was written by Johnny Rodgers with lyric assistance from band drummer Danny Mallon.
Bound Together is rally cry for peace and unity recognizing that while we have differences – we are in this world together. Audiences rock out to Joe Ravo’s guitar solo and Brian Glassman’s strong bass countermelodies and also sing along with the refrain knowing that together we can make things right. During pre-release play, the Ourstage.com fans voted Bound Together the #2 song in the Indie Pop category for June 2008. The song is now part of a new EP of the same name released in December 2008.

The Bound Together EP is attracting attention from many AC and Hot AC radio stations across the nation due to Johnny Rodgers’s other compelling original songs too:
Cry For Freedom is shaded with Pink Floyd and Beatle like sounds and delivers classic pop/rock lyrics that reach-out for the listener’s personal interpretation.
The Best of You In Me is a tribute to those that helped each day growing up. For most of us that is our parents. And now you look in the mirror – and see their face smiling back. The song provides a wonderful Father’s Day or Graduation tribute. This was awarded the #1 fan rating for the John Lennon Song Contest channel at Ourstage.com too.
Lord Let The Angels Sing was written in a flash of inspiration under the Christmas stars. Reflections, family and friends, hope, healing, and glory to a newborn King float atop the wondrous melody. Ben Taylor adds backup vocals to Johnny’s always soulful voice and helps create a memorable year-round Christmas experience for all.

Johnny Rodgers was also a 2008 winner of Billboard’s World Song Contest for Home To Mendocino from his debut CD Box of Photographs. Last year he also received the ASCAP Foundation Jamie deRoy & friends song writer award. Johnny pleases not only with his original songs but also his boy-next-door charm and creamy, dreamy crooner’s voice. Songs for the sophisticated palette. Bubbly and romantic pop ballads, Taylor-laced melodies, and sultry jazz all stirred with piano driven rock.
You can see and hear a performance of the award winning Bound Together song and more at Johnny Rodgers Band’s Multimedia Video . The music is available in New York City and Miami area F.Y.E retailers, at the website store and your favorite online outlet.
Since 1997, Unisong International Song Contest has been the first truly international song contest created “by songwriters…for songwriters”. 16 different categories, including the Performance Category are part of the contest awards. Unisong judges and friends include the likes of: Lamont Dozier, Diane Warren, Bonnie Greenberg, K.C. Porter, Dave Koz, Peter Frampton, Fee Waybill, Allan Rich, Randy Bachman, Lester Sill, Don Grierson, Andrew Gold, Barry Mann, Randy Sharp, Harriet Schock, Mike Stoller, John Braheny, Michael Jay, Jorge Corrante, Don Was, John Kalodner, Bruce Lundvall and Desmond Child, Pat and Pete Luboff, and Dan Kimpel among many. More about the Unisong International Song Contest can be found at Unisong Website

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Johnny Rodgers Celebrates EP Releases With NYC Birdland Concert

admin : October 16, 2008 2:39 pm : Band, Johnny Only, News

New CDs Feature Guest Artists Liza Minnelli & Ben Taylor Coincides With Johnny’s Debut On Broadway in Liza’s New Show
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is proud to announce nationally acclaimed award winning singer/songwriter/pianist Johnny Rodgers special performance at Manhattan’s premier club Birdland, 315 W. 44th Street, in New York on Monday, December 29 at 7:00pm. Rodgers will be celebrating the release of two new CD releases. Due to the high demand for his special event, reservations are highly recommended by calling 212-581-3080. You can also visit www.birdlandjazz.com for further information.
The first release is the CD EP Bound Together by the Johnny Rodgers Band: Johnny Rodgers on vocals and piano, Brian Glassman on double bass, Danny Mallon on drums, Joe Ravo on guitar. The EP contains four brand new songs. The catchy title cut and rallying call for world unity; Cry For Freedom, shaded in Pink Floyd/Beatlesesque sounds; The Best Of You In Me, a touching ballad and tribute to those who helped form each of us; and Lord Let The Angels Sing, a new Christmas song and destined to be classic, featuring guest artist Ben Taylor (son of music icons Carly Simon and James Taylor).
Johnny’s second EP Let’s Make A Date, featuring guest artist Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy winning superstar Liza Minnelli. The release coincides with Rodgers’ Broadway debut in Minnelli’s new show at The Palace Theatre, December 2008. The duo is backed by the Johnny Rodgers Band and Liza’s musical mentor, her longtime musical director, the late Bill “Pappy” Lavorgna, on drums. What is one of his last recordings, Lavorgnia had worked with such musical icons as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee and her mother Judy Garland. Rodgers has been featured and toured North and South America and Europe with Minnelli and her orchestra. The EP also contains Johnny’s rousing cover of the Randy Newman song You Can Leave Your Hat On. Rodgers has performed that song at many of Minnelli’s concerts, accompanied by Liza’s dance steps.

Produced by Richard Barone (of The Bongos) the recordings are available on iTunes, Amazon.com, CDFreedom.com and JohnnyRodgers.com.

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