Pianist David Rodgers makes his Boston Court debut as part of our 2018 Emerging Artists Series, presented in collaboration with Piano Spheres. This Series, back for a 2nd year following a successful launch in 2017, pairs talented young musicians with acclaimed mentors who develop a special program showcasing the young artist's unique skills and musical viewpoint.
David Rodgers will be mentored by Susan Svrcek.
Rodgers is a 23-year old California native is one of the most exciting young talents in Nashville’s jazz scene today. Currently an active member of Keb’ Mo’ & Taj Mahal’s touring band as the keyboardist and assistant musical director, he is also a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music where he pursued both classical and jazz piano, studying with Amy Dorfman, Bruce Dudley, Ryan Middagh, and Jeff Coffin. David is the winner of the 2018 Belmont University Concerto Competition, in which he won with his very own composition, “Concerto For Jazz Piano & Orchestra,” the 2016 Vanderbilt University’s Concerto Competition, as well as the 2016 James Miltenberger International Jazz Piano Competition. He has performed worldwide at the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival, among many others, as well as venues such as the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Central Park in NYC, and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Combining his classical training with deep improvisational roots in both jazz and blues, his compositions have been performed and recorded internationally, including guest appearances at the 2018 Jazz Education Network’s Young Composers Showcase where the U.S. Airmen of Note played his winning big band composition, as well as in Canada where he was invited as a guest artist to the Banff Centre’s International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. In addition to being an active Korg-endorsed artist, he was also a finalist for ROLI’s first-ever International Next Awards for which he was invited to London to perform as a soloist.
His genre-bending, self-released debut album, Songs For A Generation, is currently available worldwide, and his second album, Doorways, is scheduled to be released later this year.