This week’s Artistry of … Rodney Whitaker
These words and phrases come up when reading about the bass player Rodney Whitaker: dedicated, proven and committed jazz educator; one of the hardest working and swinging bass players on the scene; one of the most undeniably distinctive bear-sized bass tones. That’s one of my favorites! The bass is an imposing looking instrument. I always think those who choose to play it, those who have answered the call to that monster of the viol family have to take on at least the attitude of bear sized approaches. Sharing what sounds like a fearless stance Whitaker teaches and influences music students through master-classes and workshops continuing the tradition and passing the torch in the great tradition of the music itself.