Called a “perceptive young pianist with one foot in postbop and the other in Latin jazz” by The New York Times, pianist Robert Rodriguez can be seen performing with the Rodriguez Brothers, a band he co-leads with his brother, trumpeter Michael Rodriguez. On the brothers’ most recent release, Mood Swing (2010), bassist Carlos Henriquez and drummer Clarence Penn join the Rodriguez brothers in realizing tightly arranged original compositions (listen to samples from the recording here and watch the EPK here).
Robert has also been an in-demand sideman, having worked in trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s band for a number of years (Rodriguez is featured on Sandoval’s Trumpet Evolution, a collection of carefully reconstructed, canonical jazz trumpet recordings) and with artists such as vibraphonist Joe Locke (hear Rodriguez on Locke’s 2008 release Force of Four). Below is a video of Rodriguez performing with Locke at Uèffilo Jazz Club in the town of Gioia del Colle, Bari, Italy (Rodriguez’s solo starts around 2:50):
The Robert Rodriguez Quartet performs on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014, at The Jazz Gallery. The performance features Rodriguez on piano, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on saxophones, Jorge Roeder on bass, and Ludwig Afonso on drums. Sets are at 9 and 11 p.m. First set is $15 general admission and $10 for Members. Second set is $10 general admission and $5 for Members. Free for SummerPass Holders. Purchase tickets here.