By Nigeria Anderson
Music, Life & Sound
Roderick Harper, a jazz and R&B recording artist. He has recorded live with a cast of friends and mentors, including appearances from late piano legend Ellis Marsalis, sax icon Donald Harrison, and vocalist/drummer Jamison Ross. His previous project, Evolving, is both a homecoming and a blank slate for Harper, a return to Jazz and a start from scratch. The songs span the full breadth of his remarkable journey and extraordinary talents. This made a clear path for his current project 2702. 2702 is a no-holds-barred project. Each song is a press forward with a newfound resolve of sound and spirit. Harper’s vocal delivery is vibrant and his sound is a distinctive course through a collection of maturity and growth. 2702 is a personal project. Roderick Harper shows off his talents for sure. You will hear his expressions, through his songwriting, and voice. Although the music culture has changed, Harper’s dedication has brought him to this point of success in his career. Producing this project is a perfect example of Roderick Harper’s innovative mind. It’s his breaking free and making music his way. 2702 is Harper’s sixth release after a hiatus and he has made up for lost time. He reaches deep inside to find his signature sound and I promise you, you are going to enjoy it.
Roderick Harper has been singing almost as long as he has been speaking. Since that time, he has worked with clarinetist Alvin Batiste, pianist Ellis Marsalis, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and numerous others. His six recordings are as follows: Beautiful Beginnings, produced by Delfeayo Marsalis, The Essence Of, produced by Grammy Award Winner, Nicholas Payton, a self-produced CD, Perfect Imperfections, Evolving, featuring Ellis Marsalis and saxophonist Donald Harrison. His first recorded EP of original R&B music, Back To Love, became a top charting project overseas. His current release is his most personal jazz project to date, entitled, 2702, produced by Grammy Award Nominee, Vocalist and Drummer, Jamison Ross. The first single, Genuine, is available now. Welcome our new KeyPlayer Roderick Harper Mr. Jazz and R&B. Enjoy our interview as he shares his indpendent musical journey. You can connect with him on IG @iamroderickharperor his website www.roderickharper.com PUSH PLAY