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Alfredo Rodriguez, la pépite découverte par Quincy Jones

Excerpt: “Coup de projecteur estival sur Alfredo Rodriguez, pianiste et compositeur cubain de 29 ans, repéré par Quincy Jones il y a huit ans. Les deux artistes se sont retrouvés au début du mois de juillet sur la scène de Jazz à Vienne. Alfredo Rodriguez a sorti en mars son deuxième album, l’excellent “The Invasion Parade”, à la fois sophistiqué et dansant, co-produit par son illustre mentor.”

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Europe Update!

Dear Friends,

It’s a beautiful Monday evening in Paris and the streets are winding down. France has treated us well as we continue to celebrate the release of my latest album The Invasion Parade. We kicked off the Europe tour at the Orleans Jazz Festival, stopped by Duc De Lombards, and then performed at a concert of a lifetime in Vienne just 4 days ago.

Duc De Lombards

Myself on piano, Reinier Elizarde on Bass, and Michael Olivera on Drums at the Duc De Lombards show.


Paris Eiffel Tower

#TheInvasionParade in Paris!


Jazz a vienne

Myself, Antonio Miguel, and Michael Olivera at soundcheck for Jazz A Vienne.


The venue Théâtre Antique de Vienne was built in the first century and sits over 6,000 people. The legendary Quincy Jones brought us to play at Jazz á Vienne and I was introduced as the new generation of jazz, along with my colleagues Nikki Yanofsky, Andreas Varady and Justin Kauflin. It was truly an honor to perform in front of a crowd of music lovers and to share my music with them was gratifying…  Especially in such a historic venue of that prestige. I won’t forget it!

Sold Out Jazz A Vienne

Full house at Jazz á Vienne with over 6k people in attendance

Click here to watch a recap of the show.

After the great experience in Vienne I went straight to the Vigo, Spain show and now I’m preparing for the second half of the tour in:  Italy, Netherlands, Norway, and then France again. If you’re around, stop by any of the music festivals, and bring some friends! Click on the image below for details.

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I’m working on a new project as well! I’ll be sending updates, posting new videos from tour, and sharing a new music video with you that should be ready in the next couple weeks. There are a lot of exciting things in the works! Click on any of the links below to stay in touch.

Thanks again for your support. All of this would not be possible without great fans like YOU.   Abrazos!

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Cuba/Alfredo Rodríguez, “The Invasion Parade” pensando alla conga

Excerpt: “Questo nuovo lavoro realizzato dall’etichetta Mack Avenue (distr. Egea) segue il suo acclamato debutto “Sounds of Space” (MAC1064). Co-prodotto da Quincy Jones (mentore e scopritore del pianista) l’album vede la partecipazione di una band straordinaria che comprende, tra gli altri, pezzi da novanta come la bassista e cantante Esperanza Spalding, il percussionista e cantante Pedrito Martínez e il batterista Henry Cole. Si tratta di una bellissima raccolta di nove brani con composizioni originali di Rodríguez e standard della musica popolare cubana interpretati in chiave jazz come “Guantanamera”, “Veinte Años” e “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás”. La title-track “The Invasion Parade” si riferisce alla sfilata del carnevale più importante dell’Isla Grande conosciuta come  conga santiaguera, che si tiene ogni anno a Santiago de Cuba per commemorare l’invasione dell’esercito di liberazione che ha segnato la fine della guerra d’indipendenza di Cuba (1898) dal colonialismo, ovvero dalla Spagna che ha governato l’isola per ben 387 anni. In questa parata non partecipano solo le comparsas (gruppi di ballo e percussioni), ma anche tutti i santiagueri che si uniscono alla festa suonando strumenti di fortuna e cantando brani improvvisati. Questa atmosfera di festa, partecipazione e contaminazione risuona nei brani di questo album in cui Alfredo Rodríguez esplora diversi stili e ritmi della musica popolare cubana: guajira, son, bolero, conga, danzón, toques batà. Un viaggio alla riscoperta delle proprie radici attraverso cui Rodríguez delinea il proprio personale contributo alla musica cubana.”

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Review of “The Invasion Parade” by Jeff Tamarkin in JazzTimes

Excerpt: “Alfredo Rodríguez has lived something of a charmed life since defecting from Cuba five years ago. First, no less than Quincy Jones, who had caught Rodríguez’s Montreux set a few years earlier, decided to mentor the young pianist, co-producing his 2011 Mack Avenue debut, Sounds of Space. Glowing reviews followed, and Jones has now returned to repeat production duties. There’s no sophomore slump here: The Invasion Parade confirms that Rodríguez is an ecstatic player, an astute composer and a deft interpreter.”

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NPR has wisely chosen Alfredo’s song “El Güije” as one of its top-10 favorite songs for the month of May!

Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriquez’s “El Güije” starts with a low, echoed rumble signaling the arrival of that tiny, bold, mythical troll Guije as if he were emerging from the halls of a Cuban dance club. As bassist Esperanza Spalding breezes along, percussion and piano spring up; she soars and sneaks down low, building and then hiding. Along the way, “El Güije” tells a delightful story, with a sweet melody that stays with you. – Alisa Clancy, KCSM

The link below leads to a free download of the song – enjoy!