Alfredo Rodriguez Trio; Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
Wednesday, April 23
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“…a spirited, youthful charm.” – New York Times

Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez was trained in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, beginning at the age of seven. After a chance encounter with legendary impresario Quincy Jones at Switzerland’s Montreaux Jazz Festival, Rodríguez found his way stateside. His latest album, The Invasion Parade, co-produced by the famed producer, explores his memories of Cuba’s people and culture, and features esteemed guests Esperanza Spalding and Pedrito Martinez. Rodríguez is a riveting artist whose music has been shaped both by classic masters such as Bach and Stravinsky, as well as his Cuban and jazz roots.

Born and raised in a musical family Rodriguez has been performing since the age of fourteen and quickly gained a name for himself in his home country.  In 2006 he was selected to play at the Montreux and while there he was invited to a gathering at the house of the festival’s founder/director, Claude Nobs, who asked Rodriguez if he would play for Jones.  Recalls Rodríguez, “I remember I played an arrangement I had written of ‘I Love You,’ by Cole Porter, and when I finished, Quincy said he liked it a lot and that he wanted to work with me.”  A month later, back in Cuba, he received an email from Jones’ Vice President Adam Fell. “Then I knew this was serious. That’s when I decided I was coming to the U.S.” 

In 2009, while in Mexico after playing some engagements with his father, Rodríguez made his move and flew to Laredo—where he was arrested and held by the border police.  “I had nothing: a suitcase with a sweater, a pair of jeans and my music,” he says. “I told them I was coming to stay.  I was coming to write and play music, work with Quincy Jones…I told them: ‘If you turn me back, I’ll be back tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, until I can make it through.’ They talked among themselves, put me in cab and sent me on my way.”

His 2011 album, Sounds Of Space, is “about the space that surrounds us,” he explains. “…I wanted to introduce myself: here are the people, the places and the sounds that have surrounded me, and made me who I am.”  Now, with The Invasion Parade he continues to build his career with a captivating presentation of the music of his native Cuba.  The title refers to an annual tradition, a carnival parade in Santiago de Cuba commemorating the invasion of the Liberation Army that marked the end of Cuba’s War of Independence.  The parades are known for their communal drumming, dancing and celebrating, and the music on this album reflects this infectious and joyous spirit.

Alfredo Rodriguez Trio

DATE: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $27/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Maureen McFadden
(610) 667-0500

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