GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead / Sage One
St. Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays
Part of Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Alfredo Rodriguez Trio features as part of Jazz Africa/Jazz Cuba Triple Bill, alongside Richard Bona's Mandekan Cubano and Shabaka and the Ancestors.
Mentored by none other than Quincy Jones, the prodigiously talented young Cuban pianist is rapidly amassing international plaudits, reflected in his standout performance as a special guest on the BBC Proms tribute to Quincy Jones in August 2016.
His expansive style combines a breath-taking technique with a tirelessly inventive imagination, and adds a his own individual response to the traditions of his native Cuba.
Having sold out successive London concerts in recent years, this will be Alfredo's first UK tour, playing the music from his most recent recording, Tocororo – on Mack Avenue – telling his own personal story through the legend of Cuba's national bird - a tale of freedom, travel and cultural cross-pollination.
‘Ebullient and sultry piano, intricate and irresistible rhythm.’
Alfredo Rodriguez - piano,
Munir Hossn - electric bass, guitar
Michael Olivera - drums