The Pace Report

Season 2010 Episode 10.16.10

The Pace Report: "The Alfredo Rodriguez Interview"

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The Pace Report: "The Alfredo Rodriguez Interview"
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Barely 24 years old, Cuban-born and bred pianist Alfredo Rodriguez has taken the jazz music scene by storm. Over the last three years he's played festivals all over the world headlining with such jazz luminaries like McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock. He was discovered by the legendary Quincy Jones while playing a concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The two would become friends and they would continue to keep in touch with each other. Rodriguez is one of the best talents and pianists that came out of Cuba since Gonzalo Rubacaba, Roberto Fonseca, and Chucho Valdes.His latest disc "Sounds Of Space" was produced by his mentor and friend Quincy Jones on the Qwest Record Label. All eleven compositions showcase the young pianist's passion and drive for his music and gives listeners a introduction to musician's mind.In January of 2009, the young Alfredo made the decision to leave Cuba, leaving his mom, dad, and long-time girlfriend, to risk being arrested and deported back to Cuba. He was on tour with is father's band and he told him that he was leaving. As luck would have it, the US Border Agents heard his story while he was detained and they let him in the US without any problems. Producer Quincy Jones wanted and tried to make arrangements with the young pianist to come to America and work, but couldn't due to political dictatorship and laws placed by the strict Cuban government.Finally, when he came to the states, Quincy then signed him immediately and took Alfredo under his wing.He's currently on tour promoting his latest disc "Sounds Of Space." To find out about his upcoming tour dates visit him on the web at alfredomusic.commoreless
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