Formed in New York City in 2003, the mission of the Johnny Rodgers Band is to bring musical depth to new, original songs and put their own spin on old classics. Johnny Rodgers Band provides a guided tour of American pop and are masters of styles ranging from blues, country, soul, gospel and jazz, to the piano-driven energy of rock and roll. The ensemble cultivates connections with audiences through performances, discussions, demonstrations, and musical exchange.

The Johnny Rodgers Band is honored to tour the world as official ambassadors of music for the U.S. Department of State, bringing American music abroad and promoting cultural diplomacy and understanding between nations, including Cambodia, Fiji, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, UAE and Russia. In 2013, the Johnny Rodgers Band was asked to return to Malaysia to headline the first annual Miri Country Music Festival. This June, they will travel to Minsk, Belarus to perform for the US Embassy Independence Day Celebration and participate in the Grodno Jazz Festival.

The Johnny Rodgers Band has performed and recorded with artists such as Liza Minnelli, Michael Feinstein, Randy Brecker, and Tom Harrell, among others. The ensemble has been featured on recordings celebrating such greats as Maury Yeston and Jule Styne. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) selected the Johnny Rodgers Band to interpret and perform the music of Billy Joel in a command performance for the “Piano Man” himself at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

JOHNNY RODGERS (PIANO, LEAD VOCALS) is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter, pianist, music ambassador, Broadway star, and recording artist. Rodgers creates effervescent and romantic pop ballads, Taylor-laced melodies and sultry jazz stirred with piano-driven rock. Billboard magazine and ASCAP Foundation have given awards to Rodgers for his original compositions. He has toured the United States and internationally as pianist and guest artist with Liza Minnelli, with whom he made his Broadway debut in 2008 in the Tony Award-winning show Liza’s at the Palace. Rodgers grew up in Miami, Florida, attended the University of Miami jazz program, and graduated from Western Michigan University in jazz studies, piano, and voice. He now resides in New York City.

JOE RAVO (LEAD GUITAR), a New York native, is a multi-faceted guitarist and composer who has performed with jazz greats such as Dave Brubeck, Stanley Turrentine, and Gerry Mulligan. He has recorded alongside David “Fathead" Newman, Liza Minnelli, Randy Brecker, and Tom Harrell, and performed in orchestras for Broadway hits such as A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Secret Garden, City of Angels, and Dancin’. With guitar techniques incorporating a diverse set of traditions, Ravo’s style embodies the multi-cultural flavor teeming throughout New York City. Ravo studied guitar with Alexander Bellow and he has been on the faculty of Mannes College of Music since 1978.

BRIAN GLASSMAN (BASS) is known as one of the best upright and electric bassists in New York. While his style includes classical, rock, Latin, R&B, and cabaret, Glassman is perhaps best-known for his work in jazz and Jewish music styles, such as klezmer. Glassman has performed, toured, and recorded with jazz greats such as Paquito D'Rivera, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, and Lionel Hampton. When he is not touring internationally or recording, Glassman is an instructor of jazz bass at Princeton University. Glassman received a Bachelor of Arts in music from Rutgers University, and a Master of Arts in music education from City University of New York.

DANNY MALLON (DRUMS, VOCALS) was inspired to play drums when he saw the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan show. Since then this passion has taken him around the world, playing many styles of musicHe can be heard on numerous recordings, soundtracks, radio and TV spots. He has recently performed with the symphony orchestras of Moscow, St. Louis, San Diego, New Jersey, Phoenix, Forth Worth, Winnipeg, Calgary and Spokane. Danny received his BM and MM from the Mannes College of Music where he has been teaching drum set, orchestral percussion, jazz and world drumming since 1991.