solo pianist, Rodger Pegues
The EPiphany JaM ExperieNce
is a soul/jazz/funk/ poetry collaboration, featuring
jazz conceptualist Rodger Pegues on keyboards.
jason chambliss, trumpet
brian hartman, alto sax
andy short, bass
dan o’neal, drums
The Epiphany Jam Experience, the brain child, of jazz pianist Rodger Pegues, is a musical herald for the New Utopia, World Peace and Social Justice. Rodger Pegues, a native of Seattle, Washington, started singing solos in church at the age of 9. Inspired by the gifted music minister of Mt Zion Baptist Church, Phyllis Byrdwell, he began to study piano. In his teens he received both classical and jazz piano instruction at the Cornish School of Allied Arts. At Garfield High School, under the directorship of Clarence Acox he was awarded a superior performance award at the Reno International Jazz festival.
The music of John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett were among his earliest influences as he searched for his voice among the musical panoply of jazz genres and stylings. Later in Los Angles, as musical director of the City Stage Theater he began to explore experimental forms of jazz and performance art, fusing jazz with poetry, drama and visual arts.
But it was his one year tenure at the Jazz Club in Hong Kong where his creative expression came into it’s own. There he played with the great Jon Hendricks, Billy Bang, Dakota Stanton, and the legendary Jimmy Witherspoon.
Presently, as brainchild of the funk jazz mixed spoken word synergy and collaboration, the Epiphany Jam Experience, the cats are performing his original compositions of Rodger Pegues, featuring Jason Chambliss on trumpet at premier eclectic venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. as a harbinger of things to come with the 2014 release of the second cd which will consist a selection of live recordings produced during the Epiphany Jam Experience session touring season here in the Pacific Northwest.
the historicity of rodger pegues………….the biomusical cd by jazz pianist rodger pegues is now available………..