He counts among his teachers New York City based bassists Michael Moore and Jack Lesberg. In Boston he studied electric bass with Oscar Stagnero. Rod is presently a member of the double bass section of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and has appeared with the Cape Cod, Nashua (N.H.) and Plymouth (MA) symphony orchestras. An accomplished pianist he has studied with Julliard faculty member the late John Mehegan and Boston – based pianist Paul Schmeling.
In addition to his work with symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles, Rod has appeared with some of New York’s best known and prestigious jazz musicians, including singer Maxine Sullivan, drummer Bobby Rosengarden, guitarist Vic Juris, and pianist Walter Bishop Jr. as well as such instrumentalists as Bob Wilber, Randy Johnson, Max Kaminsky and Bob Mover.
An active member of the Cape Cod musical scene since the early 80’s, Rod became a full-time resident in 1991. He has kept a busy schedule of free-lance appearances on the Cape with such musicians as the late cornet/trumpet player Ruby Braff, guitarists Jon Wheatley and Gray Sargent, trumpeter and educator Herb Pomeroy and pioneering alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. His big band work includes a stint with the Artie Shaw Orchestra.
As a dedicated teacher committed to handing down the Jazz tradition as well as teaching bass, piano, guitar, music theory and improvisation at his studio in the mid-Cape, at the Sandwich Montessori School Studio, and at Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth, MA. Rod directed the Cape Cod Jazz Society’s youth jazz ensemble from 1995 to 2007. A significant number of these students have gone on to major in jazz programs at some of this country’s most eminent music schools.