Saturday, August 17, 2019
Music at the Frist: Rod McGaha, Jazz Trumpet Master
Frist Center Cafe
Fri, Aug 16 6:00 pm


Rod McGaha is exactly what working musicians strive to be, a potent combination of virtuosity and unfettered artistic passion. It has been said by more than a few that the good musicians know who are the good musicians.  Whether you first heard him as the opening act for Take 6 or as one of the featured jazz soloists with Max Roach's critically-acclaimed group, or maybe even as a featured soloist playing in front of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, one of your first thoughts had to be, “This guy makes playing great look really easy.”  That's because Rod has lived a musical life that was founded on consistent, hard work behind the scenes and passionate fun and pleasure on the stage. “If I didn't love playing so much, I would have quit - years ago.” A native-born Chicagoan, Rod McGaha first showed up on Chicago's jazz scene as a young prodigy, during an era when young lions were making more than just a little roar.  He constantly comments on how receiving the acceptance and guidance of legendary tenor saxophonist, Von Freeman was very important to him.  “When I teach in clinics, I remember how eager I was to get better and how important it was for me to be called one of Von's “horses”.  When I teach kids today, I recognize that look in their eyes.  I'm just as happy for them, as I was for me.  I understand their excitement and their fear.”  

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