Mike Rod

Mike Rod

Real Name:
Michael Rod
Michael Rod was a woodwind player from New York City. His most famous lick is the flute lead line in Van McCoy's 'The Hustle'. To make ends meet between gigs he became a high school music teacher at Franklin K. Lane H.S. in Brooklyn, NY. In 1981, under his tutelage, that schools Jazz Band became the first musical group in the history of the New York City school system to record and press an album entitled Familiar Faces. Mike Rod died of a heart attack in the late 1980's. His saxophone and flute can be heard on numerous 1970's records.
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Mike Rod Discography Tracks

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The Manhattan Transfer Tuxedo Junction The Manhattan Transfer - The Manhattan Transfer (Album) Atlantic Germany 1975 Sell This Version
Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony - Disco Baby (Album) Avco Records Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
The Manhattan Transfer Tuxedo Junction The Manhattan Transfer - The Manhattan Transfer Anthology • Down In Birdland (Comp) Rhino Records (2) Europe 1992 Sell This Version

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August 11, 2012
I grew up in NYC when my father, Phil Bodner, was one of the most proliphic reed doublers in town. I had never heard of Mike Rod. While listening to "The Hustle" on the radio one day, my father told me that he was the flute player on the recording. Mike Rod is not listed in the discography of the album. Please refer to this wikipedia reference for corroboration. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hustle_(song)


December 11, 2010
I know I could be remembering this wrong, but some years ago I read an obituary online from a Las Vegas newspaper that said Mike Rod died of cancer in Las Vegas in August of 1999.