Performing shows at the famed Spaghettini's in Seal Beach, La Palapa in Long Beach and performing at festivals including LA's 94.7 The Wave's Jazzfest and opening for the legendary Dionne Warwick in Orange County. Roger is currently performing weekly with various artists at the prestigious Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad with Robbie Breen, Larry Morgan, DeBlois Milledge, Jojo Hahn, Nathan Fry, Rob Gironda, Jon Harford, David Beldock, Scott Carter, Ed Graves among many others. He performs and also books the entertainment Wed-Sat evenings, 6-10 PM at The Bluefire Grill in the prestigeous La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, CA.
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Roger Resided in Austin from Dec 2008 until The Fall of 2010 working and collaborating with several artists and bands in the Central Texas area including; Project MOSS, tours and recordings with Andy Macintyre's Primal Groove, Wink Keziah, J J Usher and 2 Big Bands: NAJO & The Austin Jazz Band. The highlight of the Austin experience was working with Billy Crockett and the wonderful folks at Blue Rock Studios... what an amazing place! bluerocktexas.com
Past accomplishments include:
Tours & Recordings w/Steve Oliver, voted number one Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year 2010 & 2011; Performing locally and throughout the US. Recorded on First View, 3D & Positive Energy. Numerous tours & recordings w/Steve Reid’s Bamboo Forest (members of The Rippingtons), Signed with Universal Records Worldwide Distribution; Extensive touring throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, International Jazz Festivals, Arenas and Premier Jazz Clubs; Recorded on: Watersign, Mysteries & Passion in Paradise.
Various tracking sessions for major films with Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. Recordings with Accidental Tribe 'First Rain' & Mango Reality 'Hoka Hey'. Recording and Tours with Tony MacLaren’s 'Big Bang' & 'Tall Tales and Short Stories'. Recording and Tours with Bill MacPherson, Native Vibe, Blistering Blues and extensive tours w/Jazzatopia Featuring Mark Antoine, Everett Harp & Slim Man. Various other Concert Dates and recording projects w/national & international artists throughout the US & Europe. While residing in Europe (England, France and Sweden) he toured, performed and recorded with many top European based bands and artists in many musical genres.
Recording and touring with many artists of multiple genres in many countries worldwide.
Roger is always seeking other musician's with a similar global awareness and musical diversity...
He would love to hear from you! He currently has availability for producing your project or participating in recording sessions, live performances, etc.
To contact Roger send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call: 818-606-0303.
See the Performance Calendar page for current shows.
Roger Friend’s musical career spans over 4 decades of diverse experience. Touring in more than 100 countries, with jazz, blues, pop and countless groups of all origins has given him vast experience and international elements as his influence. He is a true world percussionist.
As an educator and percussion facilitator Roger also has motivation to inspire and encourage aspiring drummers to grow and achieve on their own paths. Performing clinics and working with many leading manufacturers in drum design is yet another outlet for his deep passion for drums and the drumming community.