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Robert Rodriguez’s Cuban American Band and Special Guests.
February 21 | Set Times: 7:30pm / 9:30pm
Grammy Nominated Pianist/Composer, Robert Rodriguez was born on January 11, 1978 in New York City. Inspired by his father who is a drummer, Rob began to pursue music from a very early age. In 1987, his family moved to Miami where he found private instruction in piano. By age 12, he was performing classical piano recitals at the Miami Dade community college. His early interest in classical music and jazz was then nurtured and encouraged at the New World High School of The Arts in Miami. Robert studied piano and percussion at the New World School of The Arts and proceeded with a full scholarship to achieve his bachelor’s of studio music and jazz from the University of Miami.
During his studies at these two institutions, Robert was given the opportunity to perform with Jerry Bergonzi, Jon Faddis, Kenny Weeler, and Maria Schneider. Living in Miami and attending the UM, he began working with Ira Sullivan and during the senior year college he began to tour with the Arturo Sandoval band. In October of 2000, Robert moved back to his birthplace of New York City and began to work professionally with Ray Barretto, Roy Haynes, Charlie Haden, Ignacio Berroa, David Sanchez, Richard Bona, Dave Samuels, Joe Locke, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Weckl among many other notable musicians.
Robert has recorded as a sideman on “Jam Miami” alongside Chick Corea on Rhodes, Arturo Sandoval’s “Trumpet Evolution” which was produced by Quincy Jones, Ray Barretto’s 2005 Grammy nominated recording “Time is Time was” which featured Rob’s composition “one for Ray”, Where-As with legendary drummer Roy Haynes, ‘Cultural Survivor” with David Sanchez and many other recording with
independent jazz artists. In, April of 2006 Rob was featured with the late Ray Barretto in a video recorded special broadcast on PBS titled “Legends of Jazz”.
Robert has co-led and produced four recordings with his brother trumpeter Michael Rodriguez. His work with the Rodriguez Bros. band has led the way for a commission from the Chamber music of America and an ASCAP composers award and a NYFA award.