California Jazz & Wine Festival

Mighty Mo Rodgers
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Country and Region United StatesCalifornia
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Thousand Oaks, California, USA
Festival Contact Information

Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise
Phone: +01 805-380-6010

Festival Description

The one day festival features jazz, food and wine. The perfect combination for a day out. The festival benefits the Conejo Valley music program.

Festival Dates May 19, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Alex Smith Quartet
  • Westlake High Jazz Band
  • Matt Finders Ensemble
  • Agoura High Jazz Band
  • Tin Drum featuring Mighty Mo Rodgers
  • Luis Conte Septet
  • Carl Verheyen Band
  • The Conejo Valley All Stars
Featured artist 2013:
  • Mighty Mo Rodgers
    aka Maurice Rodgers was born in Indiana where his father owned a club that featured blues performers. When Rodgers wasn’t studying classical piano he was checking out the blues artists that played there. Growing up, Rodgers was deeply affected by the mid-’60s soul music from the Memphis-based Stax label. Using Stax as an influence, Rodgers started his first band while in high school called the Rocketeers. Upon entering Indiana State College, Rodgers fronted another band, the Maurice Rodgers Combo, playing Wurlitzer piano and incorporating originals with cover versions of popular songs from the era. He finally decided to quit college, move to L.A., and give music his full-time attention. There he played gigs and recorded with many blues and R&B; legends; his organ can be heard on Brenton Wood’s 1967 hit Gimme Little Sign. Throughout the years Rodgers has not limited himself to performing. In 1973 he produced the album Sonny and Terry on A&M; records for Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. After growing tired of tedious session work, he continued to write songs and became a house songwriter for Motown and Chappel Publishing. Rodgers also continued to produce sessions for other artists and decided to go back to school where he received a degree in philosophy. In 1999 he released his first solo effort, Blues Is My Wailin’ Wall, on Blue Thumb. The recording contained all original material, mixing his philosophical views with blues/soul musical roots.
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Tickets 2013:
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    • Reference coupon code CJWF1345


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