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 thatís 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 New York jazz veteran. ó Michael Gelfand
Nominated twice for a Grammy under the best jazz solo category, Jay has performed and recorded with a diverse list of talent, all of whom represent the best in their respective genres. Improvising with Miles, rocking with Widespread Panic, grooving with Prince or jamming with his local NYC downtown peers Medeski, Martin and Wood, Jay is on the scene performing over 200 gigs a year. Jay is also the musical director/founding member of New York City's phenomenon Groove Collective. In recent years, the band has opened for and jammed with James Brown, backed Tupac Shakur (voted #2 all time live Hip Hop performance on MTV), and shared the stage with Isaac Hayes, Erykah Badu, The Roots and BB King among others. Groove Collective's 2002 tour of Europe featured JB trombonist Fred Wesley, and a trip to Moscow with guest artist P-Funk Co-founder Bernie Worrell.
The Uptown Tea Series is sponsored in part by the generous support of the Dwyer Cultural Center, International Communications Association and Harlem World Magazine. The Uptown Tea Series is A Loft Arts Productions, in association with Arts & Education Continuum. www.loftartsproductionscom.virb.com
Theater: Dwyer Cultural Center
Address: 258 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10027
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