Bobby Lee Rodgers is best-known for his stint as lead guitarist and chief songwriter for the jam band Col. Bruce Hampton and the Codetalkers. Less well-known: Rodgers is a stone-cold jazz fiend. In fact, he was one of the youngest professors at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he taught jazz studies at age 23. Despite a decade touring with the Codetalkers, his passion to play straight-ahead jazz never waned. Now Rodgers and his South Florida trio (veteran bassist Don Coffman and drummer Pete Lavezzoli) will host a monthly Thursday-night jazz session that will spotlight the music of a different jazz icon through February. This Thursday, Lee pays tribute to the music of Miles Davis, as he and his rhythm mates put their spin on tunes such as Freddy Freeloader and Seven Steps to Heaven. Rodgers displays well-honed improvisational chops when he digs in on a warm-toned yet distinctively modern-sounding solo on his 1949 Gibson fed through a Leslie speaker tricked out with reverb. Jazz diehards and those in the making will enjoy the sophisticated grooves as well as winetastings and hors doeuvres. Next month: the music of Wes Montgomery. Performance starts at 7 p.m. at the Green Room (100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Admission costs $15. Call 954-449-1030, or visit greenroomlive.com.
Thu., Sept. 23, 7 p.m., 2010