Give the Drummer Some Master Class: Dante Roberson - San Jose Jazz

Give the Drummer Some Master Class: Dante Roberson

Thu, Feb 8
4:30pm Doors, 5pm showtime (Pacific)
SJZ Break Room

Presented by JaZzLine Institute, supported by the California Arts Council

Dante fell in love with music at the age of 5, when he heard the band KISS playing on tv. Since then, his musical influences have just continued to expand, and now run the gamut from pop to jazz, from country to funk, and all of those influences show through in his music.

Although he has produced and written for numerous musicians over the last 30 years, it’s only now that he was inspired to release his own project. Dante’ has released his own music, which inventively takes its cues from smooth jazz, funk and R&B to create infectious sounds that just make you feel good. This first album, “Caveat” was birthed from the reminder that everything can change in an instant, and is Dante’s way of saying “Thank you” to those he has worked with over the years.

Grammy-winning Dante has performed and/or recorded with a wide variety of artists, such as Najee, Carl “The Rev” Wheeler, Regina Belle, Eric Benet, X-Executioners, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Tank, Dwayne Wiggins, Byron Cage, En Vogue, The Whispers, Cameo, Tony Saunders, Stephanie Mills, Skip Soder, and many others.

Dante credits Anthony King, Joel Smith and his high school jazz band teacher David Machoni for teaching him how to read and music theory. He wouldn’t be where he is without Will Kennedy and Dennis Chambers taking him under their wings, acting as mentors. A resident of the Bay Area, Dante enjoys playing a variety of styles and credits his versatility to the rich musical history of his hometown as well as the patience and skill of teachers and mentors.


Education, Jazz

SJZ Break Room

Our popup venue and video recording studio that we've developed in our offices at 310 S. First (map) at San Carlos in San Jose’s SoFA District. The technology of the space is first-class with marvelous sound, lighting and video, and all the action is projection-mapped to a 35′ X 14′ bank of windows, providing the show free to the public and enlivening downtown street life.

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Presented by

JaZzLine Institute, supported by the California Arts Council

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