RODNEY FRANKLIN – Tickets – Yoshi’s Oakland – Oakland, CA – November 6th, 2016


Internationally acclaimed keyboard virtuoso


Sun 11.6

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Yoshi's Oakland

Oakland, CA


Rodney Franklin
Rodney Franklin
Veteran recording artist and internationally acclaimed keyboard virtuoso, Rodney Franklin, has been one of the stellar cast of contemporary music masters over the past thirty years. Rodney Franklin's many contributions to the evolution of jazz and popular music make him an undeniable part of our cultural experience. His innovative dynamic style of keyboard playing has earned him critical acclaim worldwide. He continues to influence artists and audiences alike through his creative innovation and technical excellence.

Educated in jazz and classical piano from the age of three, he showed a natural talent for, and love of, the keyboard. He committed his early years to perfecting his craft after meeting Oscar Peterson at age six and Duke Ellington shortly thereafter.

By the age of sixteen, he had placed first in more than seventy piano competitions, earning accolades and distinguished honors such as the Edward Kennedy-Duke Ellington Award and Contemporary Keyboard Magazine’s Piano Award.

Rodney’s professional career began at the age of nineteen when he was signed as a solo recording artist for CBS Records. During his years at CBS, he recorded a total of eight albums featuring many of the most notable musicians in his field. By age twenty-two, Rodney had played Carnegie Hall and achieved international popularity with the number one hit, “The Groove.”

As his exceptional career gained ground, he shared the stage with such legends as Miles Davis, Carlos Santana, and Freddie Hubbard, among others. He also participated in a host of all-star world tours with incredible artists such as Eubie Blake, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Kenny G., Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind, and Fire), Harvey Mason, Nathan East, Bill Withers, and The Isley Brothers, to name a few.

Franklin performed and toured as keyboardist with musical legend Stevie Wonder for several years. He jokingly refers to this experience as his “post graduate work.”

Highlights of Rodney’s career include two Grammy nominations, the NAACP Jubilee Award for Best Jazz Artist, a Prestigious Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Recording, the Carnegie Hall recording, “One Night Stand – A Keyboard Event,” and recording the theme of the television hit drama series, “Hill Street Blues.”

Rodney Franklin now has fourteen recordings to his credit and has played on countless other recordings. He recently participated in the book of American Musical Keyboard Masters, “Down the Rhodes.” This historic book is accompanied by a documentary film tribute to the Fender Rhodes piano, the most successful electric piano of our time. Maestro Franklin is joined in this venture by many legendary musicians, Patrice Rushen, Marcus Miller, George Benson, George Duke, Bob James, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Robert Glasper, and many others.

From a young prodigy who was mentored by some of the 20th century’s greatest artists, a lifetime of experience has rendered Mr. Franklin a seasoned musical master in his own right. His next release, yet untitled, is due out later this year.
Venue Information:
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607