Rod McGaha


In addition to being a gifted Jazz trumpeter, the multi-talented Rod
McGaha is a composer, vocalist, lyricist, and producer. Rod was born and raised in
Chicago, where his Jazz-loving father would play Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong records
constantly, perking his son’s interest in music. By the fourth grade, McGaha was learning both
the guitar and the trumpet, eventually gravitating to trumpet full time and looking to such
modern-day Funk/Dance acts as Parliament Funkadelic, James Brown, and Kool & the Gang for

Straight out of high school, McGaha began his professional music career touring with Gene Chandler before attending Northeastern University in Chicago and then DePaul University on scholarship. During this time he became more interested in Jazz.

McGaha caught a break when fellow trumpeter Clark Terry (DukeEllington/Count Basie) caught a performance by the up-and-coming player and took him under his wing. McGaha went on to land numerous gigs and toured the world as a sideman for Kenny Rodgers, BeBe and CeCe Winans, The O’Jays, Take 6, Lou Rawls, and the legendary Max Roach who called Rod “an important new and original voice”.

Rod has earned impressive awards such as The Maynard Ferguson Award from the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for Outstanding Jazz Trumpeter, The Oak Lawn Jazz Festival All- Star Award, and The Outstanding Jazz Trumpet Soloist Award from the National Association of Jazz Educators.

Rod McGaha has had his own recordings released including the Hip-Hop-ish, "The Servant" (1997), the powerful and stirring traditional Jazz offering, "Preacherman" (1999) which was co-produced by Delfeayo Marsalis and rose to number 12 on the Gavin Jazz Report, the rare, "Seven" (2000) a European Import full of passion and experimentation, and his beautifully crafted Jazz approach to Gospel music, "The Trumpet Sounds" (2003), for which Rod has been nominated for a DOVE award. A "live" recording made in February of 2004 may be released in the near future.

Rod shares, "I especially thank God for the air I breathe everyday for without it not one note could have been played!"

Read Ron's interesting Interview in the Weekly Wire here!

~ Reviews ~

"Prepare to be blown away by "PREACHERMAN"! "ROD McGAHA is an African-American improvising master of Gabriel's instrument.. on which he produces "heavenly" sounds".

According to his former employer/mentor, ( the 78-year old drum legend Max Roach!) Rod McGaha is, "an important new and original voice."

"McGaha's brand of jazz is definitely not ashamed of his roots in the R&B and gospel circuit. On "Preacherman" he's right "inside" religious songs, show tunes & adventurous jazz & his own compositions are good too. Delfeayo Marsalis is his co-producer. McGaha's team-mates are pianist Lori Meecham, bassist Roger Spencer, drummer Chris Brown and Marc Harris on organ".   - The Planet

…an excellent mainstream jazz record...a beautiful sound."
­ The New York Times

                           Preacherman                                                    The Trumpet Sounds


This Little Light Of Mine

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Can't Buy Me Love  

  We Fall Down

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For Booking Information Contact Red Ridge Entertainment, Inc.
1208 16th Avenue South #LL1, Nashville, TN. 37212 * Phone (615) 321-2004 * FAX (615) 321-2074


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