Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez performs with his trio LIVE from the Bonfils-Stanton Performance Studio on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m.

KUVO Studio Club members this event is at capacity – we are no longer taking RSVPs.

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Rodriguez’s passion for music burned brightly despite the numerous restrictions imposed by his country. At a tender age, he faced discouragement from his first teacher, who dismissed him as devoid of talent. Undeterred, Rodriguez’s love for the piano persisted, even in the absence of an instrument at home. He resorted to painting piano keys on his parents’ dinner table to practice his scales—a testament to his determination and resourcefulness.

Eventually, Alfredo was invited to represent Cuba at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where he impressed Quincy Jones. Jones saw the immense talent in Rodriguez and extended an invitation to work together in the U.S. However, pursuing this opportunity meant leaving his family behind and embarking on a journey that would require relinquishing his Cuban citizenship.

Since then, Rodriguez has achieved remarkable milestones, earning a Grammy® nomination for his track “Guantanamera” from the album The Invasion Parade. Additionally, he became the first non-Chinese artist to collaborate on the English version of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo theme song.

The Alfredo Rodriguez Trio includes Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and producer Munir Hossn at bass and guitar and Armando Lopez at drums.  Lopez began as a self-taught drummer, then studied at the University of Miami, graduating from the Frost School of Music in 2014.

Rodriguez’s tour of Colorado includes dates at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (October 11), UNC-Greeley (October 13) and Avon (Vilar Center, October 14).

It’s the Alfred Rodriguez Trio, LIVE on KUVO, on the air, on the stream, on the App, and on the KUVO JAZZ YouTube Channel, Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m.

LIVE performances on KUVO JAZZ are supported by Bonfils Stanton Foundation, Drum City Guitarland, Grace Design Pro Audio, Listen Up, Schmitt Music – Englewood, and made possible by KUVO’s Studio Club and Beat Collective members.

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