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About Theo

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Embrace Your Passion

I grew up in Chicago,IL. I discovered my passion for music at 5 years old. From that point on, music became my life.

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Live Life in Song

Chicago is where I currently live and perform. I have performed around the world as a jazz keyboardist for over 20 years. 

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Be Inspired By Everything

I find inspiration all around me.  My music is a reflection of my personal experiences.

Bio

Theodis Rodgers Jr. is an American Jazz pianist and multi-keyboardist from Chicago, Illinois. He has worked in theater, television and motion pictures as a performer, composer, arranger, producer and music conductor/director both nationally and internationally. Theodis has appeared on countless album recordings.

He has been music director/ keyboardist for Curtis Mayfield, Patti LaBelle, Angela Bofill, Jennifer Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Ramsey Lewis, Freddie Hubbard, The Emotions and Dennis De Young.

Theodis is a former member of the funk/rock band Love Craft. He also currently tours as pianist/conductor for Sandy Hackett’s ‘Rat Pack Show'.

Mr. Rodgers’ film credits include a cameo appearance with Sheena Easton in the movie “Indecent Proposal”. He also co-wrote music for the  movie “A Family Thing” which featured actors Robert DuVall and James Earl Jones.

Theodis has recently  concluded a multi-city tour of Russia with vocalist, Tecora Rogers and the Chicago Spirituals with performances in concert halls and cathedrals across the country. He has also performed at the Hat Jazz Club in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 2012, Theodis lived and performed in Beijing, China. He appeared regularly at Beijing’s China Wing Hotel and The East Shore Live Jazz Cafe. He also conducted Master classes at  the Beijing Contemporary Music Institute.

Recently, Theodis has appeared along with Classical pianist, George Cooper and Ragtime pianist, Reginald Robinson in a self - penned concert series called ”From Mozart to Monk”.

His theatrical performances as a musical director and/or pianist include productions of ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, Tony Award winner Hinton Battle’s ‘Largely Live’, ’Dreamgirls’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

Mr. Rodgers currently lives and performs regularly in Chicago, Illinois and travels internationally with his Jazz trio.

Some of his recent Chicago performances include:

The Quarry, Room 43, Norman’s Bistro, Andy’s Jazz Club, The Jazz Showcase and Winters Jazz Club.

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'Mr. P.C.'

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Theodis Rodgers-Live In China

Theo performing at The East Shore Jazz Club, Beijing, China.

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