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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.

Rodríguez’s music comes from a deeply personal place, reflecting on his connections to his father and heritage, as well as other unexpected influences. Rodríguez lived through the birth of Hip Hop during his early childhood in Bronx, New York. As a sharp contrast, after moving to Puerto Rico, he focused on classical music, performing trumpet with the Symphony of Puerto Rico at the young age of 15. While in the United States Army, he discovered his love for jazz and made it the focus of his professional and educational pursuits after leaving the military. The diversity of these life experiences can be heard both in Rodríguez’s compositions and playing style.

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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

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Album El Conde Negro by Pete Rodriguez

El Conde Negro

Destiny Records

Album El Conde Negro by Pete Rodriguez

El Conde Negro

Destiny Records

Album Caminando con papi by Pete Rodriguez

Caminando con papi

Destiny Records

Album El Alquimista - The Alchemist by Pete Rodriguez

El Alquimista - The...

Self Produced

Album El Alquimista (The Alchemist) by Pete Rodriguez

El Alquimista (The...

Conde Records


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