Rodney Richardson?/Joe Herrera Quartet
Tickets: $12/$10 students
Rodney Richardson is a jazz guitarist and educator from the Washington, DC area who
recently relocated to the great jazz city of Chicago, Illinois.
Rodney has played in a number of ensembles including DCs only resident big band the
17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, and the afro-beat, vintage inspired Funk Ark,
as well as leading his own group The Rodney Richardson Trio. And Rodney has recently
secured the guitar spot in the Chicago-based Great Postmodern Nightmare big band.
Rodney began studying guitar at the age of 12. He then attended the prestigious Duke
Ellington School of the Arts and Howard University, where he earned both bachelors and
masters degrees in jazz studies.
Rodney has performed with jazz greats Lee Konitz, Freddie Redd, Donald Byrd, Keter
Betts, Yotam Silberstein, Yusef Lateef, Butch Warren, Jimmy Heath, Teddy Charles and
Though well-versed in many genres and constantly exploring and expanding his
repertoire, Rodneys music is rooted in the tradition of jazz. Drawing from some of his
major musical influences, including John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, Bud Powell, Kurt
Rosenwinkel, Barney Kessel, and Wayne Shorter, Rodney collaborates with the many
talented DC and Chicago-based musicians, constantly striving to preserve and evolve the
sound of jazz.
Joe Herrera moved to the District in July of '03. Since that time he has
become an active musician in the DC, NOVA, MD area. You can see Joe
perform with his own ensembles Joe Herrera's Landscaping Crew (6 piece
original music ensemble), Innerloop (an electric DnB group), Joe Janel and
Anthony (a trio of trumpet, cello and guitar playing improvised music and
beautiful melodies), Unity (A band celebrating the music of Larry Young)
and The DC Mayors Arts Award recipient Bohemian Caverns Jazz
Orchestra (a 17 piece jazz orchestra exploring swinging big band music
from the greats as well as band members). You can also see Joe perform
on a regular basis with The Funk Ark and Cheick Hamala Diabete (Malian
Master Griot). Joe is an active member of the thriving DC jazz and music