Attend a Rodney Whitaker concert and as a bonus, you can bank on getting a history lesson on whatever jazz piece he is about to perform. For over 25 years, he has taught jazz at Michigan State University so it comes as no surprise that he also uses the stage to educate his audiences about the music he loves so dearly.
Rodney Whitaker is considered one of the leading performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the world. He has performed and toured more than 100 legendary performing jazz artists, and is featured on over 100 recordings.
His relationship with the Carr Center spans for the better part of 20 years now. He founded our Jazz Education program and the MSU Professors of Jazz ensemble was our resident Jazz ensemble during the formative years. Rodney himself has been the Resident Jazz Artist at the Carr Center for more than 10 years now. Currently, he also serves as artistic director for The Gathering Orchestra , our Geri Allen Fellows, a professional development program for gifted, early career musicians.
Today, as we wrap up our fifth week of Michigan shelter-in-place, how about you go grab something to drink, kick back in a comfortable chair, and let Rodney Whitaker take you on a musical journey to a better time and place…
We hope you enjoyed today’s musical escape with the exceptional Rodney Whitaker, Carr Center Resident Artist.
It is our hope that this series of messages and their insights into the artistic excellence of the Carr Center’s leadership is bringing you some joy during these difficult and challenging times.
If you are able, please consider making a donation to the Carr Center to help us offset all our losses during this time. We appreciate anything you can do.
Meet the Artist: George Shirely
Meet the Artistic Team – Debbie Allen – Resident Artist.Dance