Johnny Rodgers was born and raised in Miami, FL.  A graduate of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, he went on to study at Florida State, the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and graduated from Western Michigan University.

A fortuitous meeting with Liza Minelli led to his participation on her world tours and later as a featured singer, dancer, pianist and songwriter in the Tony Award-winning Liza’s at The Palace on Broadway in 2009 and 2010. Johnny co-wrote the featured song “I Would Never Leave You” which is included on the show’s DVD release as well as the Grammy-nominated CD.

In 2003 he formed the Johnny Rodgers Band whose mission is “to bring musical depth to new, original songs.” Masters of an array of styles ranging from pop to jazz to classic rock, music from the Johnny Rodgers Band provides a guided tour of Americana pop, from the piano-driven energy of rock and roll, to the supreme sophistication of jazz. Johnny’s band has performed and recorded with artists such as Liza Minnelli, Michael Feinstein, Randy Brecker, and Tom Harrell, among others. Besides their own award winning recordings, this ensemble has been featured on several recordings. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) selected The Johnny Rodgers Band to interpret and perform the music of Billy Joel in a command performance for the “Piano Man” himself in The Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. They have also been selected as Music Ambassadors for the U.S. Department of State and Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rhythm Road international music tour and other cultural exchange programs.


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