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Pulaski County native still making music

PULASKI COUNTY — Pulaski County native Stephanie Rooker will bring her jazz, blues and reggae band as well as her new CD, “Tellin’ You Right Now” to 202 Market in Roanoke on July 25, and on Saturday, July 26, the band will perform at Floyd Fest at 8 p.m.
Rooker has been living and making music in New York for the past four years. Surrounding herself with a band of young maverick musicians from the New York music scene, she has been writing her own music and rearranging jazz standards to the delight of audiences in the New York area.
Rooker “seamlessly blends the colors and textures of jazz, soul and reggae to make each song a unique combination of groove, heart and light” according to the album notes on her new CD, “Tellin’ You Right Now.”
Jen Rooker, Stephanie’s older sister, will be joining the group, singing back up vocals and taking a turn in front of the band.
The Rooker sisters grew up on Claytor Lake in Pulaski County and went to high school in Radford.
Both girls demonstrated their musical gifts early on, singing in church and with local, regional and national honor choirs.
They are the daughters of Greg and Fran Rooker.
Stephanie studied music with Radford University choral director David Castanguay before leaving for Oberlin College where she continued her music studies earning a bachelor’s degree in ethnomusicology with a focus on West African music and the Diaspora.
She emerged as a songwriter and performer of folk, blues and jazz and toured briefly as half an acoustic duo with bluegrass guitarist Chris Eldridge of Punch Brothers fame.
After moving to New York in 2004, she began studying jazz with Charles Sibirsky of Slope Music in Brooklyn.
She has since performed regularly in New York area venues and at local and regional music festivals.
Stephanie’s Virginia tour will take her to Arlington, Charlottesville, Ashland, Roanoke and Floyd County.
The band will make an appearance on WDBJ’s News 7 “Saturday Morning” on July 26 at 8 a.m. Her music may be sampled at her website www.stephanierooker.com and on www.youtube.com/lilmissrooker.

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Pulaski County native still making music

PULASKI COUNTY — Pulaski County native Stephanie Rooker will bring her jazz, blues and reggae band as well as her new CD, “Tellin’ You Right Now” to 202 Market in Roanoke on July 25, and on Saturday, July 26, the band will perform at Floyd Fest at 8 p.m.
Rooker has been living and making music in New York for the past four years. Surrounding herself with a band of young maverick musicians from the New York music scene, she has been writing her own music and rearranging jazz standards to the delight of audiences in the New York area.
Rooker “seamlessly blends the colors and textures of jazz, soul and reggae to make each song a unique combination of groove, heart and light” according to the album notes on her new CD, “Tellin’ You Right Now.”
Jen Rooker, Stephanie’s older sister, will be joining the group, singing back up vocals and taking a turn in front of the band.
The Rooker sisters grew up on Claytor Lake in Pulaski County and went to high school in Radford.
Both girls demonstrated their musical gifts early on, singing in church and with local, regional and national honor choirs.
They are the daughters of Greg and Fran Rooker.
Stephanie studied music with Radford University choral director David Castanguay before leaving for Oberlin College where she continued her music studies earning a bachelor’s degree in ethnomusicology with a focus on West African music and the Diaspora.
She emerged as a songwriter and performer of folk, blues and jazz and toured briefly as half an acoustic duo with bluegrass guitarist Chris Eldridge of Punch Brothers fame.
After moving to New York in 2004, she began studying jazz with Charles Sibirsky of Slope Music in Brooklyn.
She has since performed regularly in New York area venues and at local and regional music festivals.
Stephanie’s Virginia tour will take her to Arlington, Charlottesville, Ashland, Roanoke and Floyd County.
The band will make an appearance on WDBJ’s News 7 “Saturday Morning” on July 26 at 8 a.m. Her music may be sampled at her website www.stephanierooker.com and on www.youtube.com/lilmissrooker.

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