Johnny Rodgers is described by Stephen Holden, from THE NEW YORK TIMES, as an entertainer who “blends singing and patter into intimate, sophisticated entertainments that can't be found anywhere else.” Johnny and the Johnny Rodgers Band dazzle audiences with their enthusiastic musical mélange of Americana featuring Johnny’s original songs and some classic favorites which celebrate the roots of jazz, blues, soul, country, rock and pop. Their performances are sure to offer Sam Cooke’s crowd pleasing “Bring It On Home To Me”, Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” and many of Johnny’s award-winning songs including “Home To Mendocino” and the tribute ballad “The Best Of You In Me”.
Johnny has won the Billboard World and The Great American Song Contests and the ASCAP Jamie deRoy & Friends Foundation Award for his songwriting. He was awarded Nightlife Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist in 2010 and has earned Bistro and MAC Awards for his outstanding performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, The Royal Room at The Colony Hotel Palm Beach, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, Birdland, Joe’s Pub and other premiere New York City clubs. He has also taken his performances to the Los Angeles Ford Amphitheatre, Arturo Sandoval’s and other jazz clubs around the country, and festivals like Festival Miami at the University of Miami. Johnny also performed for Billy Joel and Judy Collins at Lincoln Center’s ASCAP Foundation Awards.
Liza Minnelli recognized Johnny’s talent and brought him on as her pianist and guest performer for her world tours. He joined Liza on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning Liza’s At The Palace, which now appears on PBS television. Johnny co-wrote the featured song “I Would Never Leave You” and is included on the show’s DVD release as well as the Grammy-nominated CD.