Program Details

The Songs of Ray Charles & Stevie Wonder with Rod & The Humdingers

Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Pioneers of soul, funk, country and popular music, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder brought their unique genius to such classics as “I Can't Stop Loving You”, “Let's Go Get Stoned”, and “Hallelujah I Love Her So”, “Ma Cherie Amour”, “Superstition”, “Living For The City”, “You Are The Sunshine of My Life”, and many others. Both superb and creative keyboardists, and Wonder a renowned harmonica player, their soulful and joyful music lives on. Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel tour through the lives, music, and genius of these unique artists, as told in their songs.

About the Instructor

  • Rod MacDonald, guitarist inspired by many musicians, became one of Greenwich Village’s top singer-songwriters during the 1980s and today performs throughout North America and Europe. In South Florida, he has been named “Best Local Acoustic Artist” by New Times and one of the "Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post, who named his 2014 CD, Later That Night, "Best Local CD of 2014.” He has been a Music Americana instructor at FAU since 2006. Bill Meredith, drummer, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada and appears on more than a dozen CDs. Brad Keller, keyboardist, has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and with Maynard Ferguson and the Ink Spots, is the jazz piano instructor at Palm Beach State College, and has taught music in Palm Beach County public schools for twenty years. He is also the co-author of the Jazz Cats books used internationally to introduce young students to jazz. Doug Lindsey, bass and vocalist, has been playing in South Florida bands for 30 years. John Smotherman, lead guitarist, plays with Big Brass Bed, Illumination and several Palm Beach County bands. His exquisite solos caused the Palm Beach Post to label him one of the “Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County.”