BRQ In Concert
On March 6, 2020 -- just days before the lockdown began -- we played a concert at San Francisco's historic Cadillac Hotel. Fortunately the concert, like all in the Cadillac's ongoing concert series, was professionally recorded on video.
The video was particularly nice to have when the live music scene suddenly came to a screeching halt. It is a very accurate representation of what the quintet is like in a live setting, so it's a great way to get acquainted with the group and also a great way to enjoy the group again if you have already seen us somewhere.
So pour yourself a glass of wine, kick back and spend an hour (or however much time you can spare) with The Bob Roden Quintet! Just click on the image to get started.
Creators got to create, right?
BRQ has coped with the Covid era in part by creating a series of videos in which the players' separate, remote performances are combined on video into group performances. It's not quite like playing live, but it's fun and is a way for us to keep sharing our music with the world.
Here, in reverse chronological order, are the most recent videos we have made in this manner. More are in the works. Remember to click in the box in the lower right corner of each video to view it full screen!
Seven Come Eleven
BRQ plays a toe-tapping, syncopated instrumental first recorded in 1940 by The Benny Goodman Sextet.
Bob's original song"Vaccinated Woman" is a little blusier than the group's usual fare, but hey, blues is where jazz came from. We think we should play it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert -- don't you agree?
Bob's original composition "Oscar's Bounce" is a musical tribute to friend of the band Oscar Anderson, who appreciated good jazz like few others.
Exactly Like You
BRQ's take on this timeless standard was inspired by Nina Simone, who found a depth in the the song that had eluded others before her.
BRQ YouTube Channel
Still more BRQ videos -- both composite style and real life -- are available to view on the BRQ YouTube Channel: click HERE to visit!
Old Fashioned Audio
Finally . . . when we were first starting out, we made several audio recordings so people could hear what we sounded like. They've been eclipsed by video in the ensuing years, but I still love listening to them, so here they are for your edification.
(rhythm changes bebop tune by Sonny Rollins)
SOMEBODY LOVES ME
(standard by G. Gershwin, B. MacDonald and B. DeSylva)
(latin classic by Kenny Dorham)