David Rokeach

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David Rokeach
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Background information
Genres Jazz, rock, Latin, R&B, swing
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1980's-present
Associated acts Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin
Website www. davidrokeach.com

David Rokeach is a San Francisco-area drummer.


David Rokeach has been working primarily in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas for more than 30 years.[1][2] David toured nationally and internationally with Ray Charles from 1990 to 1991. This included concert videos and many television appearances, including an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and the Doc Severinsen Orchestra. In recent years he has performed/recorded with Patti LaBelle, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Lou Rawls, Grammy winner Joe Henderson, Down Beat Poll winner Mark Murphy, Bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, The George Brooks-Zakir Hussain Group, Wilson Pickett, Linda Tillery, Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Joyce Cooling, Maria Muldaur, Calvin Keys, Barry Finnerty, Merl Saunders, David Grisman, Melvin Seals, The Rubinoos, The Family Stone Experience, Louis Bellson, Wayne Wallace, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Paula West, Brazilian master Marcos Silva, Bluegrass Grammy winner Alison Brown, Ernestine Anderson, Oscar Brown Jr., award-winning trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, acclaimed composer and Grammy winner, Maria Schneider, composer and pianist Brian Kelly,[3] and many more.

Starting in 1998 David has had the honor of playing with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. In addition to live concerts, this included television appearances on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The View, Good Morning America, and VH1's Divas Live 1998,[4] where he also performed with Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Shania Twain, and Carole King for the show's finale.

For the past few years, David has been working with Bay Area Composer Joel Evans. Their recordings have appeared in numerous motion pictures and television shows, including Universal's For the Love of the Game, Paramount's What Women Want, Showtime's Seventeen Again, Fox's Say It Isn't So, The Young and the Restless, All My Children, Nash Bridges, The District, The X-Files, Sex and the City, Frasier, The Osbournes, Desperate Housewives, The West Wing, The O.C., LA Doctors, The Chris Isaak Show, and many others.

David currently teaches at Stanford University, and has also been a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and at the Rhythmic Concepts Jazz Camp West. Recently he played the Broadway shows Jersey Boys (with three different companies), Les Misérables, Ragtime, and the Janis Joplin show Love, Janis during their San Francisco runs. He has played the Broadway show It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues at Theaterworks in Palo Alto. He also plays on many commercial jingles, and film and television soundtracks, both in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

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