From: New York City
Born: Barranquilla, Colombia
School: The New School
Label: Whaling City Sounds
Jay Rodriguez is grammy nominated woodwind player,composer,arranger and producer. As a leader his sounds and compositions reflect his diverse experiences as a NYC veteran artist . From classical to the new complexity movement through to the music of the Americas, Jay has deep uncanny understanding of sound and its meaning within the context of it's history and human experience.
His music is a place where all is possible where the voices of Africa and all indigenous people of the earth meet Ravel , Stravinsky and the yet to be known composers.
He is a gifted reed player on all saxophones, flute , bass clarinet ,Bb clarinet and various world reed instruments like the Colombian Giata or the Arabic Ney to name a few.
From his solo saxophone works and performances to his current work with artist like Craig Harris ,Marc Ribot and Jason Miles.
His intricate writing styles, ideas and concepts meld into deep imaginative improvisations .As a sideman he has worked with diverse artists such as Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz , Prince, Miley Cyrus, The Wu Tang Clan, Chucho Valdez, The Mingus Big Band, Fred Wesley , Roy Nathanson, Elvis Costello .
He is an artist for seasons and times.
Mr Rodriguez plays with an unreserved flexibly on the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones; flute; and bass clarinet. Originally from Colombia, he has worked with artists from Prince to Elvis Costello to Marc Ribot.
On his own solo works ” Mr. Rodriguez moves between idioms and energies as easily as he switches instruments… – Giovanni Russonello, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Jay Rodriguez is a Grammy Nominated Saxophonist, Flautist, Clarinetist, Film Composer, Producer and Arranger
Whatever compelled Rodriguez to avoid putting his name out front for all these years, he stands proud today and forever.” – Nate Chinen