Since coming to New York a decade ago, bassist Ricky Rodriguez has been a shapeshifting force, slipping in and out of jazz groups from across the stylistic spectrum. A native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, Rodriguez quickly found a home in the city, playing with fellow Nuyoricans like saxophonist Miguel Zenón and drummer Henry Cole.
But as you can hear from the performance above, Rodriguez’s improvisational style transcends his Puerto Rican roots. His authoritative sense of groove holds any rhythm section together, which is why he’s been the bassist of choice for artists ranging from vibraphonist Joe Locke…
To singer Claudia Acuña…
To the Ninety Miles Band, co-led by Stefon Harris, Christian Scott, and David Sánchez.
In recent years, Rodriguez has stepped out as a leader more and more, presenting new music that reflects his wide range of musical experiences and showcases his poetic sense of melody.
The Ricky Rodriguez Quintet performs this Thursday, November 20th, 2014, at The Jazz Gallery. The quintet features Rodriguez on double bass, Fabian Almazan on piano, Mike Moreno on guitar, Myron Walden on alto saxophone, and Clarence Penn on drums. Sets are at 8 & 10 p.m.; the first set is $15.00 ($10.00 for Members) and the second set is $10.00 ($8.00 for Members). Purchase tickets here.