Doug Bert and I will appear at Robbie's again in February.
August 2013 to December 2013
I am presently contracted as lead trombonist and soloist with the touring show, "In the Mood Live." The tour begins in Australia August, 2013 and then continues playing across the United States. I portray Tommy Dorsey in the show and perform "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" every night.
Rodney Lancaster Trombones with Doug Bert
It was a real thrill for me to finally headline a jazz club in my hometown of St. Louis recently. On December 23, 2011, I put together a group to perform at Robbie’s House of Jazz with the help of long time friend, Doug Bert. This was our second appearance at the club; the first was August of 2011. Both gigs were a success in that they were very well attended and I thought that everyone played great.
I have recently become acquainted online with Anders Larson of Digital Trombone. There is a lot of great knowledge there and I recommend students visit his site. -Rodney
I'm back in New York City. I'm having a blast and life is truly wonderful. My email address will remain the same. Ring me at my new telephone number: 646 450-0257
Doctor of Musical Arts degree conferred by the University of Miami
Joel Keene, Mike Ferrigno, Slide Hampton, Lancaster, Frank Wosar
TRANSCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS OF SOLOS FROM J. J. JOHNSON'S 1964 RECORDING PROOF POSITIVE
purposes of the essay are to transcribe and analyze selected solos from
the 1964 J. J. Johnson recording, Proof Positive as well as to
increase the amount of analytical literature on J. J. Johnson presently
obtainable for study by jazz trombonists. J. J. Johnson will further
be affirmed as a jazz musician worthy of doctoral level study.
Selected solos from the 1964 J. J. Johnson recording Proof Positive
will be transcribed and analyzed in depth by using a method of analysis
incorporating improvisational devices identified by the author.
A brief biography of J. J. Johnson is presented along with a review
of jazz trombone history in order to provide perspective. A review
of related literature will be provided as well. The study will
be limited to those solos that meet a selection criterion. The
specific solos that were selected passed the criteria of having the
presence of a substantial number of Johnsonís improvisational devices
identified. Melody, harmony, rhythm, and stylistic inflection
within each solo is discussed in detail and musical examples from the
improvisations are cited to provide emphasis. The 1964 J. J. Johnson
recording, Proof Positive was chosen for transcription and analysis
due to its historical significance as a seminal recording and for the
fact that the trombone solos have not been readily available for analysis.
Adjudicated the Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Jazz Festival featuring Steve Reid as guest soloist - February 27, 2010.
pictured: Steve Reid, Rodney Lancaster, Tim Pitchford, Joe Davidian.
adjudicated the 12th Annual Clark Terry / Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival - featuring Joe Eckert, alto saxophone - February 12-13, 2010
From October 2008 to June 2009, Lancaster performed in the orchestra for the 1st National tour of the new Broadway musical production, Happy Days: A New Musical
Guest Artist appearance Feb 2007
Clark Terry Jazz Festival
9th Annual Clark Terry /
Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival
featuring Rodney Lancaster, trombone
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
The 9th Annual Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival will be held on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, 2007. All high school and junior high school jazz bands are invited to participate. The festival format (non-contest) will reward all groups by providing taped and written comments by expert adjudicators. In addition, a short clinic will be provided for each ensemble following its performance and individual citations will be presented for outstanding musicians within each ensemble. Each band will be adjudicated and rated as either Superior, Excellent, Good or Fair by experts in the jazz big band field. After each band performs, a member of the adjudication panel will spend about 5-10 minutes working with the student group up close and personal! In addition, the jazz ensembles of Southeast Missouri State University will perform for all in attendance Friday evening.