Jeffrey Roden spent twenty years as a professional bass player in a variety of genres and settings. During this time, he acquired the skill to master his instrument through private study with both Ray Siegel and Joseph Valenti. The range of his professional life extended from some of the pioneers of early rock and roll music such as Bo Didley and Big Jay McNeely to sophisticated productions including Moulin Rouge and other large scale production shows.
At a certain point it became clear that his goal of creating great music could only come from the creation of a body work for the bass that allowed the bass to exist and speak as a solo instrument of beauty. This resulted in five cds for the solo bass. This music has been programmed nationally and internationally on over 100 radio stations including KCRW in Los Angeles, WNYC in New York, New Music Box, and BBC in England.
In 2007 with the release of the cd titled “the seeds of happiness” on the New Albion record label and the subsequent performances at Bard College in 2009 as part of the New Albion festival and a performance of work for solo piano at the Stone in New York in 2011, Jeffrey Roden was established both as a musician and composer. The Stone performance garnered a positive review by Alan Kozinn in the New York Times.
Jeffrey Roden has also received two Subito grants from the American Composers Forum. His work is an integral part of the NEA program tilled the “Big Read” which serves as a guide to encourage students to read the great books of literature.
Jeffrey Roden has studied composition with Ian Krouse, Professor at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music.