Born in 1946 in Kansas City, MO, Roger Aldridge discovered jazz as a child thanks to his mother’s collection of big band recordings. Roger started on alto saxophone when he was 9 and developed an interest in composition in his early teens. This led him to study composition & arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
At Berklee, Roger studied jazz composition with Herb Pomeroy and Charlie Mariano, classical composition with William Maloof and John Bavicchi, and woodwinds with Joe Viola. Afterwards, he studied composition with Dr. Robert Wykes, Dr. Stephanie Owen, and Dr. Champ Tyrone. Roger received a B.A. in composition from McKendree University and a M.A. in composition from Highlands University.
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I loved Roger Aldridge's Donut Music for its waywardness
its nine small sections or 'bites'. — Chris Dumigan,
Classical Guitar Magazine