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Robert Rodriguez Pianist/Composer, Robert Rodriguez was born on January 11, 1978 in New York City. Inspired by his father who is a drummer, Robert began to pursue music from a very early age. Robert studied piano and percussion at the New World School of The Arts and proceeded to achieve his bachelor's of music from the University of Miami. Through New world School of The Arts and the University of Miami, he was given the opportunity to perform with, Jerry Bergonzi, Jon Faddis, Kenny Weeler, and Maria Schneider. Robert has worked professionally with Ira Sullivan, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ed Calle, Charlie Haden, Arturo Sandoval, Ray Barretto, Roy Haynes, Ignacio Berroa, David Sanchez, Richard Bona and has recorded alongside Arturo Sandoval, Chick Corea, Dave Samuels, and Claudio Roditti on a live concert titled Jam Miami. Robert also recorded on some of the music to the HBO film “For Love or Country The Arturo Sandoval Story”. In November 2002, Robert recorded on Arturo Sandoval's recording, “Trumpet Evolution” which was produced by Quincy Jones. In April 2006 Robert was featured with The late Ray Barretto in a PBS recorded special broadcast of the new TV show titled “Legends of Jazz”. Other recording credits include Ray Barretto’s 2005 Grammy nominated recording “Time is Time was” which includes one of Robert’s original compositions “One For Ray” and “WhereAs” with legendary drummer Roy Haynes. Robert's Debut CD which was co-led by brother Michael, titled “Introducing The Rodriguez Brothers”.The RodBros. Have performed in many major festivals and clubs including the JVC, Syracuse and Iceland Jazz Festivals and the Blue note jazz club. Michael Rodriguez Trumpeter/composer, Michael Rodriguez was born on July 14, 1979 in Queens, New York. Michael was inspired to pursue music as a career by his father. Michael studied at the New World school of the Arts in Miami, Florida and continued his studies at the University of Miami. After completing two years at the University of Miami, he decided to transfer to the New School University in New York where he received his B.A. Michael has performed with Pianist Eric Reed, Clark Terry, Bobby Watson, Quincy Jones, Joe Lovano, Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra, Chico O'farill Orchestra, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra , Pop Icon Jessica Simpson, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Carla Bley Band, Harry Conick jr., Eddie Palmieri Septet, Lincoln Center Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra, Bob Minzter, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and the Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra.

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The Rodriguez Brothers: Impromptu

Read "Impromptu" reviewed by Andrew Luhn


Those of us who have siblings know the special bond that brothers and sisters share. From being able to quote the same movies, to sharing memories of childhood and growing up, it's hard to deny that siblings have a unique connection. It should come as no surprise then, that this unique connection gives siblings a certain advantage when playing music together, especially music as intimate and conversational as jazz. Indeed, there is a rich history of brothers collaborating in jazz; ...

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Rodriguez Brothers: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by Russ Musto


The New York jazz scene is virtually awash these days with sibling pairings of extremely talented young musicians, including the Rodriguez Brothers. Trumpeter Michael and pianist Robert have already earned excellent reputations as highly skilled players for their sideman work; on Conversations, the two prove themselves to be equally capable as composers and co-leaders of their own group, here with Carlos Henriquez and Ricardo Rodriguez splitting bass duties and Antonio Sanchez on drums. Tenor saxophonist David Sanchez ...

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The Rodriguez Brothers: Conversations

Read "Conversations" reviewed by John Barron


From Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, to Ingrid and Christine Jensen, the notion of first-rate siblings in jazz, while certainly not new, is always exciting. On Conversations, the Rodriguez brothers, pianist Robert and trumpeter Michael, deliver a heartfelt display of original modern jazz explorations with a vibrant Afro-Cuban backdrop.

The opening track, “Rowdy Rod, is a potent mix of edgy, progressive jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. With seamless transitions from fiery rhumba clave to hard driving swing, the brothers don't waste any ...

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Impromptu

Criss Cross
2015

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Conversations

Savant Records
2007

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