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Based on the deep roots and importance of jazz history, The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center showcases our commitment to create and sustain our own professional jazz programming. This season’s exciting lineup is presented by Fifth Third Bank.
The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center enters its third full season of sold-out performances with four great weekends of jazz. As the orchestra grows in popularity, it also grows in reputation as one of the nation’s hottest jazz bands. Led by internationally renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker and founded with the support of Jazz at Lincoln Center, our orchestra’s performances give you an opportunity to hear a cross section of jazz—from The Great American Songbook to Miles Davis.
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The orchestra is led by Rodney Whitaker—an internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist. He currently holds the title of Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University, where he's built one of the leading jazz degree programs and performing faculties in the country.