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Robert Rodriguez


   Grammy Nominated Pianist/Composer, Robert Rodriguez was born on January 11, 1978 in New York City.  Inspired by his father who is a drummer, Robert began to pursue music from a very early age.  In 1987, his family moved to Miami where he found private instruction in piano.  By age 12, he was performing classical piano recitals at the Miami Dade community college.  His early interest in classical music and jazz was then nurtured and encouraged at the New World High School of The Arts in Miami.  In his senior year of high school, Robert was selected as the pianist for the National High school Grammy Combo. Robert studied piano and classical percussion at the New World School of The Arts and proceeded with a full scholarship to achieve his bachelor’s of studio music and jazz from the University of Miami.  

    Living in Miami and attending the UM, he began working with Ira Sullivan and during the senior year college he began to tour worldwide with the Arturo Sandoval band.  His work with Sandoval included performances on CBS “Breakfast with the Arts, The Craig Kilburn Late Show and with many notable orchestras such as the Boston Pops, Dallas Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. At age 22, Robert moved back to his birthplace of New York City and has since worked professionally with Ray Barretto, Roy Haynes, Charlie Haden, David Sanchez, Richard Bona, Dave Samuels, Joe Locke, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Weckl, Sean Jones among many other notable musicians.          

     Robert has recorded on “Jam Miami” alongside Chick Corea on Rhodes, Arturo Sandoval’s “Trumpet Evolution” which was produced by Quincy Jones, Ray Barretto’s 2005 Grammy nominated recording “Time is Time was” which featured Robert’s composition “one for Ray”, Where-As with legendary drummer Roy Haynes, ‘Cultural Survivor” with David Sanchez and many other recording with independent jazz artists.  In, April of 2006 Rob was featured with the late Ray Barretto in a video recorded special broadcast on PBS titled “Legends of Jazz”.  

    Robert has composed music for the The Rodriguez Brothers.  The Rodriguez Bros. alongside brother trumpeter Michael Rodriguez , has recorded four albums.  Fusing elements of Cuban and Latin American music with jazz Robert’s work with The Rodriguez Brothers band has led to world wide tours and performances at major jazz festivals including; New Port Jazz Festival, Monterrey Jazz Festival, Jazz Baltica, Rochester Jazz Festival, Burlington Discover Jazz Festival among many others.  Robert has received a commission from the Chamber music of America and an ASCAP composer’s award, NYFA award and a Grammy Nomination for The Rodriguez Brothers recording impromptu.  His most recent recording is a trio album titled Melodies and Fantasies which features all original compositions.