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This week, SFJAZZ Collective trumpeter Mike Rodriguez delved into the band’s songbook and unearthed some gems, including one going all the way back to their inaugural year.
A GRAMMY-winning trumpeter and composer hailing from Queens, New York, Rodriguez was inspired to pursue music by his father, drummer Roberto Rodriguez, and came up through the music programs at the University of Miami and the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School in Manhattan. He’s worked alongside Joe Lovano, Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, and Chico O’Farrill, and has had lengthy associations with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Chick Corea, with whom he won a GRAMMY as part of his Spanish Heart Band. Rodriguez has recorded four albums with his pianist brother Robert and a pair of releases as a leader including his latest, 2021’s Pathways. He is currently on the faculty at NYU and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
MIKE RODRIGUEZ’S PICKS:
“Una Muy Bonita” – composed by Ornette Coleman, arranged by Gil Goldstein
“Spain” – composed by Chick Corea, arranged by Edward Simon
“Waters of March” – composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim, arranged by Obed Calvaire
“La Fiesta” – composed by Chick Corea, arranged by Miguel Zenón
“Crossings” – composed by Mike Rodriguez