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Roderick Harper, Jazz Vocalist

Chicago Sun-Times writer Lloyd Sachs states that he is, “a smooth and serious singer.” Baton Rouge Morning Advocate writer Rod Dreher calls him, “a very special talent.” Jazztimes Magazine proclaims, “he is an able convert to jazz, when Jon Hendricks invited him on stage for a round of Thelonius Monk’s ‘Rhythmaning.'”

He was born the only child of Dr’s. Ronald and Geraldine Harper, July 20, 1966. Roderick’s has been singing almost as long as he has been speaking. Other than his voice, the first musical instruments he learned to play were the violin and trombone, in Elementary School. In Middle School and High School he picked up the clarinet and guitar. “The first jazz record I actually purchased was Wynton Marsalis’ “Think Of One.” “It scared me and made me curious at the same time, because I had never heard anything like that before.” “The record caused me to take a second look and listen to my father’s record collection.” “I was hooked!” His first formal jazz training came from Sarah Vaughn’s accompanist, John Malachi. He matriculated at Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he majored in Political Science and minored in Jazz Studies.

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