Roderick L. Jackson

Roderick Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio), began his interest in percussive music at age 10.  In 1990, his relocation to New York city propelled intensive study of the rhythms, dances, and instruments involved in multiple cultures, including those of Afro-Brazilian, West African, South African, Angolan, Korean, and Haitian origin.  Mr. Jackson was formerly the music director for Batoto Yetu Children's African Dance Company and has collaborated with several additional dance companies, including Chet walker's Eight and Ah 1 Dance Ensemble, Omar Edwards' Jeremiah Funk Ensemble, David Pleasant's Riddim Athon Percussion Ensemble, and Young Soon Kim's white Wave Rising Dance Company.  Mr. Jackson has also recorded commercial works for The Children's Television Workshop, Sesame Street, Rabbit Ears Productions, Nickelodeon, Angelina Ballerina, The Smithsonian Institute, and the motion picture Beloved.  He understudied for the lead percussionist role of Chaka in the Broadway musical Marie Christine, starring Audra Mc Donald.  Mr. Jackson has been a faculty member at several notable dance institutions, including Jacob's Pillow, the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University and the Alvin Ailey School. He currently teaches Percussion and African Dance for Earl Mosely's Institute of the Arts. Roderick is the founder of Palms Down Percussion, a company that creates percussion-based music CD's for dance and creative movement.