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Rodney Green
Hans Speekenbrink

Rodney Green


​Rodney Green has been a fixture in the New York jazz scene since age 17, and has played with numerous premiere artists, including Charlie Haden, Ravi Coltrane, Lizz Wright, Eric Reed, and Benny Green. Born in Camden, New Jersey, Green was surrounded by gospel and soul music from an early age. He played drums for his church growing up and began taking lessons at age 14, while learning about jazz, funk, and soul. He joined Philadelphia’s jazz scene at the age of 16, drumming at a local club, and soon began internationally touring with saxophonist Bobby Watson and performing in New York City, where Green moved after immediately following his high school graduation. He spent the next couple of years playing with the likes of Christian McBride, Eric Reed, Greg Osby, Joe Henderson, Tom Harrell, and Mulgrew Miller, and enjoyed a two-year tenure in the band of vocalist Diana Krall.

Today, 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, writing music, and pursuing projects that interest him. Among the many notable jazz musicians Green has worked with are Terence Blanchard, Carmen Lundy, Stephon Harris, Charlie Haden, Wynton Marsalis, Terell Stafford, Ben Wolfe, George Benson, Nicholas Payton, Cyrus Chestnut, Sadao Watanabe, Antonio Hart, Adam Rodgers, Michael Brecker, Kenny Barron, Marc Cary, Abby Lincoln, Betty Carter, Shirley Scott, Benny Wallace, Makoto Ozone, Wycliffe Gordon, Paula West, Bruce Barth, Peter Cincotti, Andy Bey, New York Voices, Herbie Hancock, and Dianne Reeves. Previous appearances at Miller Theatre include performances with Wycliffe Gordon and Friends in 2008 and with Ben Wolfe in 2002.