Fernando Rodriguez

Fernando writes for his Jazz Blog (only page dedicated to promoting jazz in the Dominican Republic and it's musicians, composers and other related), promotes Jazz in the country and manages a weekly live Jazz venue. Is also a member of the Jazz Journalist

About Me

Fernando writes for his Jazz Blog (only page dedicated to promoting jazz in the Dominican Republic and it's musicians, composers and other related), promotes Jazz in the country and manages two weekly live Jazz space. He loves music, lives it, cannot think what his life would be like without it's presence in it, specially his so beloved Jazz...A "Free Spirit" and a family man who loves to listen to good Jazz with a fine red wine or a glass of Gentlemans Jack; a good Cigar; a fine game of Backgammon; and, specially loves a great sunset with his loving wife!!!

My Jazz Story

I blame Milt Jackson Quintet’s “Sunflower” for giving rise to my passion for jazz. This album sent me into the depths of the genre that I love and am so passionate about. The first time I heard it, its impact was so great that I repeated it 17 consecutive times and to this day not a week goes by without listening to it – I never tire of diving into the music of this tremendous quintet: Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter. Jazz is a unique musical style that originated in the United States, with roots in Africa and merging both African and European musical traditions. Years before the integration of social structures such as the work place, educational systems and professional sports teams, the jazz bandstand was an example of tolerance, cooperation and mutual understanding. Today the universal language that jazz has become, influences and is influenced by other kinds of music, evolving as a merging cultural element for supporters all around the world, with no distinction of race, religion, or national origin.

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