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My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

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Where are you located?
Monroe, MI
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Producer, Vocalist, Manager, Publicist, Clinician, Music Director, Arranger, Composer, Jazz Presenter, Jazz Club, Jazz Festival, Recording Studio
Tell us a little about your background...
I was born into the entertainment world. My parents were Adagio Dancers who entertained audiences throughout the United States and Cuba. At the early age of three years old, I along with my two brothers performed a tap dancing and acrobat routine on the same stage as my parents. I started playing trumpet at the age of 12 and professionally at the age of 16. I played in the Air Force Band then played Trumpet and Drums in the Mid-West. In Detroit I worked with Jimmy Wilkins Big Band and Motown Recording Studio. I also played Drums and Percussion with The Larry Steel Review and Maurice King at the Flame Show Bar, backing some of the top entertainers in the country.

My parents settled in Detroit MI and later opened a Theatrical Booking Agency, which helped many young entertainers get their start in show business. Upon the untimely death of my Father my Mother headed the agency alone. Upon leaving the Air Force I helped her with the agency. After a while I left Detroit for Los Angeles CA.

In California I began working with Red Holloway, Papa John Creech (violinist), and the Roger Spotts Big Band to name a few. I was an educator for 31 years and received B.A. & Masters in Music Education and Multi-Cultural Education. My Wife and I open a Jazz Club called the R.A.P.A House West and I formed my own group
"Visions". Returned to Detroit where I retired From teaching and formed a
group called "Global". Now I am still giging and writing.
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
A friend Rita Graham Vocalist
What Instrument do you play?
Vocalist, Drums, Percussion, Trumpet
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://virgil.rodgers@yahoo.com

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At 4:39am on November 3, 2009, Rita Edmond said…
Virgil, thank you for your kind comment and do let me know when your music is up. :)
peace, love & music always...
At 1:56am on October 28, 2009, HARLEM JAZZ NOTES said…
Thank You for accepting my friendship request.

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