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On the Front Row with Dave Rogers Trio

Dave Rogers; drummer, composer, educator, recording engineer, and producer; has found a perfect combination of outstanding jazz musicians to excite listeners at any occasion. The Dave Rogers Trio is bassist Joe Vick, guitarist Dan Sieckman, and Dave. Following are short biographies of each member.

Joe Vick is the assistant principal double bassist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, teaches string orchestra for Pulaski County Special School District, and is the applied double bass and electric bass instructor at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A former member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, he has performed regularly with several symphony orchestras and chamber groups throughout Arkansas. As a jazz musician, he has performed with numerous notable musicians with international recognition. The list includes Mose Allison, Herb Ellis, Eddie Harris, Barney Kessell, Calvin Newborn, Walter Norris, Charles Thomas, and Roseanna Vitro, to name a few. Joe has been a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra since 1973 and is the house bassist for the "Monday Night Jazz" series at the Afterthought in Little Rock.

Guitarist Dan Sieckman received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from Arizona State University in 1981. He played extensively in the Phoenix area during the late seventies and early eighties in a variety of jazz and commercial settings.

Dan has taken a somewhat different path than many guitarists, primarily learning the jazz idiom from pianists including Dr. James Ferguson, Dan Hearle, and Chuck Moronic while at Arizona State. He has also participated in clinics with the likes of Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel, to name a few.

Dan took a sabbatical from music for approximately 10 years, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a career as a Senior Systems Engineer for a global data processing firm.

Dan is off his sabbatical and has become widely in demand in the central Arkansas area. In addition to the Dave Rogers Trio, Dan is a member of 'The Real Thing Trio', and the "house" band for the Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation's MONDAY JAZZ PROJECT AT THE AFTERTHOUGHT. Leader DAVE ROGERS graduated from Arkansas Tech University where he studied life with the late Gene Witherspoon, composition/arranging and percussion with James T. Perry, and voice with Dr. Rolland Shaw. Moving to Little Rock, he taught in the public schools and (after hours) developed a performance career playing with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre, Repertory Theatre, Arts Center Children's Theatre, and numerous other ensembles. In 1980, he began playing with Sir Charles Thomas and began studying drumset with Ted Seibs. Dave's performance career escalated. He became a part time instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he helped develop the Jazz Studies program and directed Salsa Picante, a latin jazz ensemble. His performance credits include booking, promoting and performing with internationally acclaimed recording artists Mose Allison, Eddie Harris, Dennis Rowland, the late Emily Remler, John Hendricks, Randy and Eliane Elias-Brecker, John Abercrombie, Mark Murphy, Nat Adderley, Larry Coryell, Jack DeJohnette, and Airto Moriera, as well as Arkansas' own Pharoah Sanders, Walter Norris, the late Jimmy Witherspoon, Al Hibbler, Tonk Edwards, Ken Walker and Roseanna Vitro. As a sideman, Dave has appeared with Barney Kessel, Mal Waldron, Gene Bertoncini, Micheal Moore, Pete Yellin, Branford Marsalis, James Leary, Steve Bach, Calvin Newborn, James Williams, Alvin Baptiste, the late Ella Fitzgerald, Robert Goulet, Sammy Davis, Jr., Mitzi Gaynor, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, Phyllis Diller, Steve Allen, Jo Anne Castle, the Ink Spots, Bill Haley's Comets, Fabian, the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, and 'Governor' Bill Clinton. Dave was also featured on the Arkansas Educational Television Network series "The Minor Key" with Art Porter.

Dave also developed a career as a recording engineer and in 1988 became chief engineer/arranger/composer in residence at Trimble Productions. There his compositions won numerous awards and his recordings for film, television, and live theatre have been distributed worldwide. The recording studio environment expanded Dave's compositional skills to include many new styles ranging from african traditional to contemporary gospel to rap, country, rock, and symphonic scores. However, jazz has always been his favorite idiom, as his compositions "To Monk", "Sounds Backwards", "Too Much Miles (Nefer)", demonstrate. Dave was recently commissioned to write a new jazz composition by the Arts Cooperative Team of Hot Springs. The new tune "Hot Springs Rendezvous" recieved its' world premiere November 5, 1998 at the Malco Theatre in the spa city as part of the week long "Arkansas Celebration of the Performing Arts." Dave is currently playing and living in Little Rock and is chief engineer/resident composer/arranger/percussionist/producer at Capitol Keyboard Recording. He is a board member of the Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation and is the leader of the "house" band at the Foundation's MONDAY JAZZ PROJECT AT THE AFTERTHOUGHT.

The Trio will be joined by special guests:

Rodney Block (Trumpet) Block, a classically trained instrumentalist, brings his unique brand of traditional jazz, gospel, hip-hop, Bebop, Funk, and soul to central Arkansas. Block a native Arkansan honed his skills by playing in some of Kansas City's premier venues (Grand Emporium, Plaza III, Blue Room, Liberty Hall). Rodney's ensembles have opened for such artist as Jonathan Butler, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Wynton Marsalis, and Angela Hagenbaugh. Block has been featured in the Kansas City Star as well as the Lawrence Journal World.

Brandon Dorris (Saxaphone) Saxophonist Brandon Dorris, a UCA jazz student and regular at the Monday Jazz Project at the AftetThought sponsored by the Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation, The AfterThought and Capitol Keyboard during their monthly jam sessions. Born in Kansas on December 30, 1981 Brandon Dorris grew up in and around Conway, Arkansas and graduated in 2000 from Dardanelle High School. He is currently music major at the University of Central Arkansas where he studies the saxophone with Dr. Jackie Lamar and is coached by Larry Jones in UCA Jazz Ensemble I. Brandon also performs with the fall marching and symphonic bands, spring wind ensemble, saxophone choir, saxophone quartet, Dixieland Band and UCA Jazz Combo. He has played with saxophonist Chris Vadala and trombonists Tony Baker and Tom Brantley since he has been at UCA. Brandon is a member of the Honorary Band Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, Epsilon Beta chapter. His jazz influences are Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Charlie Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane.

Clayton Cooper (Saxophone) Clayton is a student from Russellville High School and the 17-year-old son of Hal Cooper, band director at Arkansas Tech University. In addition to receiving several awards, Clayton writes his own music, has recorded a CD and has been featured at Monday Jazz Project, which is designed to discover and promote new talent.

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