As an only child growing up in Camden, New Jersey, gospel music and musical instruments surrounded Rodney Green at home and in church, where he spent most of his time.
Rodney was drawn to the drum kit, and by age three, would climb on the kit play whenever possible. By his early teens, Green was playing drums in church. Percussionist Scott Robinson was impressed with Rodney’s playing and offered to teach him for free. At 14 years old, Rodney got his first lesson.
At the age of 16, Rodney took over as the drummer at Patti LaBelle’s club, Chez LaBelle. Legendary musician, Bobby Watson was so impressed with the young drummer that he called his parents to ask their permission to take Green to Italy with him, and after much persuasion, they agreed. By age 17 Green, still in high school, was traveling internationally and doing an occasional gig in New York City.
His desire to make his mark on the jazz scene had intensified, and one week after graduation, Green moved to New York. Word continued to spread about the talented young drummer, and Green spent the next couple of years playing with the likes of Christian McBride, Eric Reed, Greg Osby, Joe Henderson, Benny Green, Tom Harrell, and Mulgrew Miller. With a recommendation from bassist, Ben Wolfe, Green joined the band of vocalist Diana Krall at the age of 19.
Today, Rodney Green is a seasoned professional with experience and skill beyond his years. He continues to grow and challenge himself creatively, stepping out as a leader with the Rodney Green Group.