Rodney Block, a Dumas, Arkansas native has been thriving in the regional music scene for the past ten years. Block has been featured and performed in various festivals and venues across the globe ranging from corporate to social, has built a niche in the genres of jazz and hip hop.
Block is a gifted musician who knows his way around a stage. Notable artists he has appeared with include The Temptations, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Joe, Tank, Mary Wilson (of The Supremes), Sugar Ray, Chrissette Michelle, The Migos, Eric Benet, Whoodini, Conya Doss, Johnny Gill, Dwele, Jonathan Butler, Dave Hollister, Ellis and Delfayo Marsalis, Kirk Whalum, Layla Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Anthony David, Lenny Williams, Angela Winbush, Howard Hewett, R.L. (of the R&B group Next), Marsha Ambrosius, Gucci Mane, Diane Reeves, Anthony Hamilton, Carl Thomas, Toney Terry, and The Yellowjackets.
Rodney has been a frequent guest artist with hip hop legend and icon, Doug E. Fresh. In 2007, Block’s televised jazz feature, AETN Presents: Front Row with Rodney Block, was nominated for a Regional Emmy. In 2014, the band was honored with the Aurora Award and Telly Award, for its concert feature on AETN television network. The Band comprises Jonathan Burks on Drums, Corey Harris on Bass guitar, Andre Franklin on keyboard/piano, and Bijoux Pighee & Deshawn Harris as vocalists.
Currently, his growing base of loyal fans listen to the Rodney Block jazz station on iTunes, Pandora Radio, Spotify, and other digital music platforms. His new single “Who Do You Luv?” featuring DeShawn Harris has just been released internationally to rave reviews.
DJ servicing is through industry music/radio promoter Myron Ruffin
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*March 2013-Featured in the 2013 documentary “Up Among the Hills”, narrated by former president Bill Clinton.
*June 2013-Opened the inaugural night of “Jazz in The Park” hosted by the Little Rock CVB and the Rivermarket Assoc. Over 400 attended the opening night concert.
*June 2013- nominated for Artist of the year; Arkansas Platinum Awards
*October 2013- Featured in Soiree Magazine as an “Arkansas Style Icon”.
*November 2013-Featured in AETN Television “Front Row” series (brand new concert feature).
*February 2014-Aurora Platinum Award- Best of Show- in educational television programming.
*April 2014-Telly Bronze Award- concert/film division
*May 2014- voted Arkansas Time’s “Best Of (1st runner for Best Band)
*August2014- nominated for Artist of the year; Arkansas Platinum Awards
*May 2015- Voted Arkansas Time’s “Best Of (runner-up)Best Band
*July 2016-Voted Arkansas Times’s “Best Of/Best Band or Musician
*July 2017-Voted Arkansas Time’s “Best Of (runner-up)
*January 2018-finalist for Central Arkansas Music Awards/Best Jazz Artist and Soul/Funk Band
*February 2018-recipient “Legend Among Us Award” for Arts/Entertainment
*September 2018 Voted Arkansas Time’s “Best Of”- Best Jazz/Musician
*July 2019 Voted Arkansas Time’s “Best Of”- Best Jazz/Musician
*July 2020 Voted Arkansas Time’s “Best Of”- Best Jazz/Musician
*July 2021 Voted Arkansas Time’s “Best Of”- Best Jazz/Musician
*July 2022 Voted Arkansas Time’s “Best Of”- Best Jazz/Musician