Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy Nominated Saxophonist, Flautist, Clarinetist, Film Composer, Producer and Arranger.
Prolific. Prodigal. Profound. That is Jay Rodriguez. Sometimes the sound is explosive, wild and full of fury, other times his music aches with a passion that’s painful and bare. Always modest and reverent, Rodriguez harnesses the unbridled audacity of youth and melds it with the uncanny discipline of a hardened New York jazz veteran. Married to the song while sleeping with the groove, his sound sings of commitment to an ideal—it is spontaneity, culturally untethered and unpretentious, the excitement of far flung love at all costs. It is perfectionism kissed by chaos. – Michael Gelfand/THE NEW YORKER
He could be breathy and insinuating on a ballad, brawny and extroverted in an uptempo… – Jon Pareles, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Mr. Rodriguez plays with an unreserved flexibly on the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones; flute; and bass clarinet. Originally from Colombia, he has worked with artists from Prince to Elvis Costello to Marc Ribot. On his own forthcoming album, “Your Sound (Live at Dizzy’s Club Cola-Cola),” Mr. Rodriguez moves between idioms and energies as easily as he switches instruments... – Giovanni Russonello, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Mr. Rodriguez is more than a musician. He is a visionary. Jay Rodriguez is the Latin American Answer to James Carter and a true light to hear and see.– Arnie Lawrence, Founder of THE NEW SCHOOL for Jazz and Contemporary Music