Music Fair II Musicians

This post is the first in a series featuring profiles of the outstanding musicians who will perform at our Chadwick (October 7) and Botanic Garden (October 21) Music Fair II events.

Look for more emails featuring additional performers throughout the summer and fall.  To see the the full lineup of musicians, a list of drawing prizes, and to purchase tickets online, click here

Jazz Legend Dr. Bobby Rodriguez and Friends

Jazz legend and Grammy nominated artist Dr. Bobby Rodriguez is a trumpeter, dynamic leader, charismatic performer/entertainer, gifted composer/arranger, author, and an award-winning educator.  This Doctor of Music is a role model for young people who also come from humble beginnings. Born and raised in East Los Angeles he began studying trumpet at age ten. After serving in the US Army, he began his college education. He returned to school after twenty-one years to complete his Bachelor’s degree in 1998 at California State University, Long Beach, his Master’s degree in 2001 at California State University, Los Angeles, and his Doctorate in 2006 at the University of California, Los Angeles. “If Dr. Bobby can do it, so can you,” is his mantra. Presently he is director of LatinJazz ensembles and jazz trumpet at UCLA, UC Irvine, and the LatinJazz Ensemble at Pasadena City College.  Dr. Rodriguez will also bring a group of musician friends for this exciting performance.   More on Dr. Rodriguez.

Soprano Jeanie Cobb

In addition to her work leading music for churches, Dr. Jeannie Cobb (formerly Jean Gothold) has participated in the music scene of Los Angeles County as a performer in oratorio, musical theater, and recital. Her resume includes a long list of solo performances as well as singing as a member of prestigious choruses such as the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Chorale Bel Canto in Whittier, and the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra Chorus. Jeannie taught studio voice at Whittier College and out of her own private studio for eighteen years. One pinnacle year for her was spent studying in Stuttgart, Germany, with soprano Arleen Auger. In addition to Ms. Auger, Jeannie has studied with Josephine Lott, Marie Gibson, Gloria Grace Prosper, and Burton Garlinghouse. Jeannie received her Masters in Music (Vocal Performance) from California State University at Fullerton in 1996. She now lives in San Pedro with her husband Clayton, and serves as Minister of Music and Worship at St. Peter’s By The Sea Presbyterian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes.  Jeannie will be accompanied by Dr. Pat Harpole.

Pianist Dr. Pat Harpole

Dr. Harpole received her Ph.D. in music education/ethnomusicology from UCLA.  As a pianist, she received the Outstanding Vocal Accompanist Award at the Seventh International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, 1982.  Her teaching experience over the past 30+ years ranges from elementary/high school music (having taught grades K-12 vocal music) to university (as an adjunct member of the music faculty at CSU-Northridge).  She continues to perform nationally with her brother, Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Stephen West.  She taught full-time for the Torrance Unified Schools from 1995-2008, and currently tutors ELL students at Riviera Elementary in Torrance, and teaches private lessons in piano, and language tutoring.

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