LATIN JAZZ PIANIST AND VOCALIST WILLIE RODRIGUEZ AND FRIENDS TO APPEAR WITH THE BRONX ARTS ENSEMBLE ON FEBRUARY 26
The Bronx Arts Ensemble presents jazz pianist and vocalist WILLIE RODRIGUEZ in a gala concert on February 26 at 8 pm at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture at 4450 Fieldston Road in the Bronx. The program will include selections from Mr. Rodriguez’s most recent album “Live at Willie’s Stake House”. A wine and cheese party to meet the artists immediately follows the concert. Performing with Mr. Rodriguez will be Nicky Marrero on timbales, Andy Gonzalez on bass, Rolando Guerrero on congas, Richie Mely on bongos and Pete Nater on trumpet.
Willie Rodriguez has been a fixture in Latin and Latin/Jazz music since the 70's. He has played and recorded with several Latin and Jazz artists throughout his career. Among his many recordings notably he is on Machito's Grammy award winning 1982 Salsa Big Band on the Timeless Label, Utrecht, Holland and on Celia Cruz' Grammy award winning 2002 album on Sony. He has also recorded with Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Johnny Pacheco and Steve Turre. His career continues as an educator where he earned a doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. William (Willie) Rodriguez is the founder and principal of the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music.
Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors and students. Bronxartsensemble.org or 718.601.7399
As the Bronx’s premier music performance ensemble serving the borough since 1972, the Bronx Arts Ensemble is a not-for-profit organization enriching the cultural environment of the Bronx with a year-round schedule of concerts, special programs for families and a full music and arts-in-education program for schools.