Date(s) - 04/26/2014
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Joe Henderson Lab, SFJAZZ Center
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Concerts at 7pm and 8:30pm
“Young Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez sounds the way Monk might have sounded if he had been born in Chick Corea’s body and raised on a diet of Bach, Chopin and Stravinsky in a Havana conservatory.” — San Jose Mercury News
“The Cuban jazz pianist/ composer and Quincy Jones protégé reveals a jaunty, restless vitality on Sounds of Space.” — USA Today
- Alfredo Rodriguez — piano
- Peter Slavov — bass
- Henry Cole — drums
At the forefront of a new generation of Cuban pianists, 26-year-old Alfredo Rodriguez possesses a sublime and soulful virtuosity. He returns to SFJAZZ following his triumphant appearance as part of a three-generation piano summit celebrating the legacy of Thelonious Monk with Barry Harris and Jacky Terrasson. Born in Havana to a popular singer and television personality of the same name, the young Alfredo began classical piano studies at age 10. As a teen, he appeared on his father’s show with many of Cuba’s greatest musicians and simultaneously played in street bands while studying at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte. A fateful invitation to perform at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 2006 brought the pianist to the attention of Quincy Jones, who produced Rodriguez’s debut album, Sounds of Space. Rodriguez made his American debut at the Playboy Jazz Festival opening for Wayne Shorter, and his career has been on a rocket ride ever since. For this exclusive four-night run, Rodriguez brings his new working trio with bassist Peter Slavov and drummer Henry Cole, who will blow the roof off of Joe Henderson Lab in support of their new Mack Avenue album, The Invasion Parade.
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