Rod McGaha

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Chicago, Illinois, USA. Early in his musical career, trumpeter and vocalist McGaha was influenced by pop artists, including the Jackson Five, and he also played on country music dates. He had begun playing the trumpet at the age of nine and made his first professional appearances in gospel and R&B groups. McGaha attended Northeastern University and DePaul University where, gradually, his awareness of jazz developed and he was actively encouraged in this direction by Clark Terry, who he met at a jazz festival in 1989. He played in Terry’s big band and then, a few years later, while opening for Take 6 on a nationwide tour, he decided to move his base to Nashville, Tennessee.

He signed with Warner Brothers Records and was then heard by Max Roach who invited him to join his group where he shared trumpet duties with Eddie Henderson. This was a stimulating learning experience for McGaha whose jazz reputation was growing alongside his work...

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