Angeleisha L. Rodgers is rapidly making her mark as one of today’s most sought after trumpet players in New York City. Recently, Rodgers performed with bassist Kim Clarke for the 12th Annual Ladies Got Chops: Women’s History Month Music and Arts Festival in New York, and she joined Sherrie Maricle and members of the DIVA Jazz Ensemble for an event with the Ronald McDonald House Magical Music Program. In February 2014, she performed with Grammy-winning gospel artist Tye Tribbett in Maryland, and was a featured player in the November 2013 airing of BET’s NAACP Image Award-winning, Black Girls Rock 2013, an annual televised special, where she performed with Janelle Monae Patti LaBelle, Ledisi, and Kelly Rowland. Last December, Rodgers traveled throughout the East Coast with Kim Burrell for her Freshly Orchestrated Holiday Tour and was selected by Grammy-winning gospel artist, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, to perform for Church Without Walls sponsored by Perfecting Faith Church last summer.
A native of Virginia, Rodgers began studying music at the age of 8 and, at with the encouragement of her grandparents, pursued her love for the trumpet performing mostly in church choirs and local bands. Later, during high school, she was a member of the VBODA Southside Regional All-District Band, and in her senior year, won the Louis Armstrong Jazz Meritt Award from Randolph Henry High School (Charlotte Court House, VA).
Rodgers attended North Carolina Central University in Durham where she earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies with an emphasis in Musicology. Her thesis – which explores the life and music of Los Angeles jazz trumpet legend, Clora Bryant, a prodigy of Dizzy Gillespie and the first female musician to perform with Charlie Parker — won the Eileen Southern Research Grant from the American Musicological Society. Rodgers presented her thesis in November 2012 during the Society’s annual conference. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Instrumental Studies from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia where she performed with the school’s world-renowned Virginia State University Gospel Chorale. While in college, she performed with the late Dr. Billy Taylor and Frank Foster,as well as Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo. Rodgers studies with trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, and has performed with several members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York, including Marcus Printup, Vincent Gardner, Chris Crenshaw, and drummer Ali Jackson.
On the festival circuit, she’s played at the 2010 Villanova Jazz Festival in Pennsylvania, as well as the 2012 National Association of Negro Musicians Convention held in Dallas. Rodgers is a member of the American Musicological Association, Inc., and led a clinic at the 13th Annual African-American History Conference in Memphis, TN. She has participated in the 12th Annual New Frontiers Conference in Toronto, as well as the 36th Annual National Council for Black Studies Conference in Atlanta.
The busy musician continues to travel throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Island as a performer and music educator.