Gizmo

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Kenneth “Gizmo” Rodgers’ story is the kind we really love here. He grew up between Willingboro, N.J. and Philly with African-American and Puerto Rican parents and was drawn to the drums at a young age. In elementary school, he was told he had big hands so was pushed towards the bass. It could be said, though, that those two instruments and his connection to them so early set him on a direct course to music directing for Bilal and Lalah Hathaway. After honorably accepting a big-deal invitation to participate in the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts program at 16, he was hooked.

After some mentoring from Russell and George Burton, Gizmo found himself aside Derrick Hodge, a legendary Temple-trained hero and mentor, who showed the young jazz enthusiast the way to Me’shell Ndegeocello records. A couple years later, Gizmo had probably the most killer first year at the Berklee College of Music as any Philly native’s had: He had assumed the role of music director of the college’s Neo Soul Ensemble and developed a rapport with Ndegeocello, who’d visited the school for a clinic. His acclaimed 2012 LP, Red Balloon, deftly combined elements of spoken word, funk, jazz, Latin and soul, fueling his ascension to solo artistry by forcing him to get behind a mic himself and arrange for his own band instead of someone else’s. A wondrous midpoint between Victor Wooten and Talib Kweli—both of whom he’s played for—Gizmo spikes his neo-soul creativity with rock guitars and poetry. And it’s so very Philly. // BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. $10-$12. With Butcher Brown. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

WHERE
3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 09/09/2014. .

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