James Rogers can be found playing bass trombone in the New York metropolitan area any night of the week performing in a wide variety of styles and ensembles. He holds positions in the Symphony in C (formerly the Haddonfield Symphony) and the Chamber Orchestra of New York. As a teacher he coaches low brass at the Lucy Moses School and Bronx Charter School for the Arts.
As a freelance orchestra musician Mr. Rogers has performed many times at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. With chamber ensembles he has performed on Miller Theater’s Composer’s Portrait series and the Jupiter Symphony’s chamber series. On the Jazz scene he can be found performing with big bands at Birdland, The Iridium, and The Fat Cat. And finally on the commercial music scene, he toured the North-East this past December with the Irish Tenor’s Christmas Reunion orchestra.
While attending the Manhattan School of Music for his bachelors and masters degrees, he attended the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland and the Round Top Festival in Texas. His primary teachers were Dave Tayler, David Finlayson, John Engelkes, and Dave Ridge. He has also been honored to have been under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.