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Pete Rodriguez

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: August 2, 1969    

Pete Rodriguez

Trumpeter, vocalist and percussionist Pete Rodríguez carries the bloodline of Nuyorican salsa as he takes the tradition of Afro-Cuban jazz to new places. The son of renowned salsero Pete “El Conde” Rodríguez and godson Dr. Pete Rodriguezof Fania Records bandleader Johnny Pacheco, the younger Rodríguez cut his teeth backing up some of the greatest names in Latin music. He became his father’s musical director at the age of 19. Coached by pianist Oscar Hernandez, the former director for “El Conde” and Ruben Blades, Rodríguez was playing trumpet, singing coro, playing maracas and giving cues to the band. As a vocalist, he sang on Tito Puente's Grammy-award winning Mambo Birdland. As an instrumentalist, he's appeared with legends including Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Chico O'Farrill and Bebo Valdez. Now, as a bandleader, Rodríguez is drawing on these experiences to take his brand of Afro-Cuban jazz in exciting new directions....
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“He possesses a full rich sound on both trumpet and flugelhorn and his technique is incredible. It is as a composer that his development is even more amazing.” - Kenny Barron

His latest release, Caminando con Papi, a tribute to his father, was recognized as: “[n]ot only … one of the best jazz albums of the year, [but] one of the best albums in any style of music released in 2013.” - Lucid Cuture

“Rodríguez taps his Nyorican roots and merges them with Miles Davis sonic questing for a set that shows it's ethnic pride with glee but has so many subtle genre fusions going on that your ears are sure to be spinning just keeping up.” - Midwest Record

His previous release, El Alquimista, was called: “historic” - Descarga

“Easily one of the best albums I’ve had the pleasure of listening to this year” - Audophile Audition

“By definition, an alchemist is one who practices the ancient art of converting base metals into gold, or, symbolically, one who changes a common item into something precious. Rodríguez turns common notes into a special mix of Latin, jazz and even symphonic music.” - All About Jazz

“Playing with the kind of tone and talent that lasting talents have under their belts, this is a fine set from a real comer that stays in your ears once he gets there. Hot stuff.” - The Midwest Record

“Rodriguez is a formidable trumpeter in the Clifford Brown vein, and his band … has chops to spare.” - The News & Observer

“Playing with the kind of tone and talent that lasting talents have under their belts, this is a fine set from a real comer that stays in your ears once he gets there. Hot stuff.” - The Midwest Record

  • Caminando con papi

    Destiny Records
    2014
  • El Alquimista - The Alchemist

    Self Produced
    2008
  • El Alquimista (The Alchemist)

    Conde Records
    2008
  • El Rey

    Concord Picante
    1990
  • La Abolicion /Tumbakutun

    Concord Picante
    1977
  • Catalina La

    Concord Picante
    1976

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Caminando con papi
Destiny Records (2013)

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