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Steve Rodby
 
Bassist/coproducer of the Pat Metheny Group has received several Grammy Awards (7 or 8, we guess), is a producer of a number of other jazz works, and is half of the Traut/Rodby duo with ex-Chicagoan, guitarist Ross Traut. Since the early '70s, Rodby has worked with a stellar list of performers including Joe Henderson, Sonny Stitt, Milt Jackson, Roy Haynes, Zoot Simms, Jackie McLean, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Dave Samuels, Fareed Haque, and Lyle Mays.

Born December 9, 1954 in Joliet, IL, Rodby took up the bass after being exposed to it on Captain Kangaroo. After playing jazz through high school, he studied classical bass at Northwestern University (with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Warren Benfield, and jazz great Rufus Reid), and began playing regularly at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase. At the Illinois National Stage Band Camp the previous summer, though, he met future bandmates Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays and Danny Gotteib.

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