Jazz on the Lawn 2014 artist, Bradford Rogers answers a few questions about his music career and his sailboat.
1. As a world traveler and sailor, is there a particular place you feel just as at home at in as Atlanta?
As a sailor, I’m definitely beginning to feel at home in the St. Petersburg, FL area. That’s where my boat Jacie Sails (www.JacieSails.com) is berthed. I’ve done about 1,500 miles in the last year between there and the Florida Keys. But we’re getting ready to venture further soon: The Bahamas and the Caribbean. We’ve been there before, but doing it on your own boat is just a huge change.
In general, though, you could probably say I feel at home traveling. I really enjoy seeing different places and meeting different people—and I plan to do a lot more of it!
2. What are the latest musical projects you’ve been working on?
That one’s pretty easy! I have been working on (producing) the debut album for Timothy P. Green (www.TimothyPGreen.com), working with multiplatinum engineer Thom “TK” Kidd, and a really awesome group of musicians—most notably Timothy P. Green! That CD should be released in the next couple of months. I’ve had to cut down on my live performances to give that project the attention it needed, so starting with the Callanwolde Jazz On The Lawn performance, I’m starting to ramp that up again and will have some more announcements soon.
I just published a Kindle book written by my father about growing up in the Great Depression (bit.ly/DepressionBaby), which will have its official release soon. And I’m starting a podcast about multimedia production that’s going to have some pretty cool guests and tips on it. I also am serving my fourth year as a Chapter Governor of The Recording Academy.
If that sounds like a lot to keep up with…it is! (Not even counting the sailing.) Fortunately, though, if anyone wants to keep tabs on all these things, all of my latest shenanigans are at www.BradfordRogers.com.
3. What is something you enjoy about playing an outdoor jazz concert?
There’s always something special about being outdoors, and even more so for musical performances. Callanwolde has done a really great job with this series, and I love the “new” amphitheater! People really enjoy the picnic atmosphere, and the food trucks have been a big hit. I’m really looking forward to having some fun on the 15th with this awesome group of musicians!