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|Cuban Pianist to Showcase Talents at the Edye in Santa Monica||
By Lookout StaffJuly 25, 2016 -- Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez's music reflects the sense of adventure that led him to defect from Cuba and bring his hybrid sounds to Los Angeles six years ago.
Jones -- the legendary producer, composer and 27-time Grammy® Award-winning artist -- discovered Rodriguez after the pianist performed for him at the home of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s founder and director, Claude Nobs.
After encouragement from Jones, Rodriguez defected through Mexico in 2009 and found himself in LA with "a suitcase filled with music, a sweater, and a pair of jeans," organizers said.
Rodriguez has since recorded three albums produced by Jones and played major venues around the world, including an appearance in Montreux where he played duets with fellow Latin pianist Chick Corea.
His new album, “Tocororo,” is named after the national bird of Cuba, which dies of sadness when it is caged.
“What I wanted to do in this recording was to open myself up to the world, while honoring my roots at the same time,” Rodriguez said.
"Just as the Tocororo needs room to fly, my music needed the platform and the opportunity to be heard by more people than would otherwise have been touched if I stayed. Because of its many restrictions, Cuba was my cage and it didn't allow me to spread my wings and do what I love on a larger scale."
In addition to Quincy Jones, The Broad Stage’s Jazz Council includes Grammy® Award-winning composer and A&M Records Co-founder Herb Alpert.
Jazz at The Broad Stage made possible by a gift from Richard and Lisa Kendall.
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