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Brandon “Taz” Niederauer at The Funky Biscuit
February 14 @ 8:00 pm UTC-5
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer at The Funky Biscuit
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer bio:
Fourteen-year-old guitarist Brandon Niederauer is living proof that dreams really do come true. Having played in the most legendary rooms in America with some of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist/singer/ songwriter has built up quite the reputation in the music world, welcoming the nickname “Taz” amongst fans and peers alike.
It started when Brandon watched the movieSchool of Rock at eight-years-old. Also inspired by his father’s record collection, he instantly realized he wanted to play guitar. Four years later, he was cast as the principle role of guitarist “Zack Mooneyham” in the Tony Award- nominatedAndrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production,School of Rock the Musical at the Winter Garden Theatre.
Living in New York City welcomes great opportunity for Brandon to play with some of his most idolized musicians. He’s had the brilliant experiences of playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band including Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, andOteil Burbridge, as well as other notable musicians such as Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste,Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Otis Taylor, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton,Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish,John Popper, and countless others. He has also played with Umphrey’s McGee, Scorpions, Dumpsaphunk, The Revivalists, Galactic, and so many more.
Since performing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show at the age of ten, Brandon has made additional national television appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, and The View.
Brandon was interviewed by Guitar Player Magazine in February 2016.
He has performed at the opening of major conventions including the IBM Edge Convention and the AVID Connect Protools Convention.
Brandon has been booked for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the International Blues Challenge in Memphis,Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Otis Taylor Trance Blues Fest, Doheny Blues Festival,Tampa Bay Blues Fest, Bear Creek Music Festival, and twice for The Big Blues Bender. He also played on Jam Cruise, Gathering Of The Vibes, Mountain Jam, Thunder Bay Blues Fest, and twice at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He’s been invited to play Madison Square Garden, The Barclay’s Center, The Capitol Theatre, and frequently shares stages with top bands touring through the New York area. He was the youngest musician to ever take part in Jon Batiste’s Social Music Youth Mentoring Program, and was the winner of the Fernando Jones “Blues Kid of The Year” competition in Chicago.
Brandon just completed his two-year originating role as Zack in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-nominated Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical.
Bobby Lee Rodgers bio:
Whether rocking out to his own compositions in the jazz or jamband scenes or presenting his unique interpretations of musical greats such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane or Wes Montgomery, guitarist Bobby Lee Rodgers is staking out a legendary path with fans and critics alike. His unique sound and stylings are garnering a growing popularity wherever he performs.
Growing up with the guitar as a young boy he went on to study Classical and Jazz guitar at the University of Georgia. After college he moved to Boston and became one of the youngest instructors of Jazz Studies with the prestigious Berklee College of Music at just 23. While an accomplished teacher, it was performing that fueled Bobby’s energy and soon, along with Col. Bruce Hampton, he became one of the founding members of the Legendary Southern Band The Codetalkers.
Bobby began his solo career in 2009 at the Wanee Music Festival in Florida where he performed in front of 10,000 people. He made such an impact on the audience that he was asked to come back in 2010 and again this year for the 2011 festival.
But Bobby did not forget his jazz roots. The Bobby Lee Rodgers Jazz Trio takes one back to the Golden Decade when Jazz was the soul of the city. Along with playing his Jazz originals, during performances he captures the sounds of the great artists of our time like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Wes Montgomery. He visits their compositions by putting his original vocabulary and sound into the harmonic structure of the songs.
Bobby brings a unique sound to his performance because he plays through a combination of Leslie cabinet and vintage guitar amp which gives him the beautiful sound of an organ and guitar together. A stellar songwriter, vocalist and guitarist he fuses rock, funk, jazz and blues into a magical musical tapestry. He has performed with such great artists as Vassar Clements, Warren Haynes, Widespread Panic, George Porter Jr. and the list goes on and on. His new CD, BLR was just release to rave reviews.
Whether playing his originals or capturing sound of the jazz culture, Bobby Lee Rodgers can truly be called one of the new modern day guitar greats.