Saturday 2 September
Jay Rodriguez (USA) (Sydney Fringe Festival)
The Grammy Nominated saxophonist Jay Rodriguez one of the most important artists in the tapestry of NYC's music scene of the last 20 years having played with an incredible array of artists. From Latin Icons Celia Cruz ,Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri to Jazz legend Miles Davis. Pop Gods Prince and Elvis Costello to Hip-Hop royalty Guru (Jazzmatazz) and Wu Tang Klan!
Married to the song while sleeping with the groove, his sound sings of commitment to an ideal- it is spontaneity , culturally untethered and unpretentious, the excitement of far flung love at all costs. It is perfectionism kissed by chaos. – Michael Gelfand
Cofounding the heavily influential, trail blazing band The Groove Collective Jay also made his mark as a visionary of the New York downtown scene, earning much respect worldwide.
His music covers the deep range of his experience as a jazz veteran and studio musician hailing from NYC. The concept evokes the deeply soulful and hard swinging. The spirit of music of the world will be felt. Prepare to be moved. A tone poem of dreams where the voices of Africa meet Mahler and Stravinsky.
Jay will lead his debut in Sydney at the 505 featuring new works from his soon to be released Solo record, ‘Your Sound’, recorded Live at Dizzy's at Jazz at The Lincoln Center .
Featured in Ira Gilter/ Leonard Feather's Encyclopaedia of Jazz
Jay Rodriguez - Tenor Saxophone and Flute
Steven Barry - Piano
Cameron Undy - Bass
Tim Firth - Drums