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  1. Faculty

Michael Rodriguez

Roots, Jazz, and American Music | Jazz Trumpet

Courses Taught

  • Private Lessons
  • Ensembles


  • BA, The New School


  • Kenny Barron Quintet
  • Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra
  • Rodriguez Brothers

Awards and Distinctions

  • Grammy Nomination, Best Latin Jazz Record, 2015

What is your hometown?

Miami, FL

What are your favorite recordings?

My Funny Valentine and Four and More by Miles Davis.

Who were your major teachers?

Al Hood, Laurie Frink, and Lew Soloff.

What was a turning point in your career?

When I received the call from Charlie Haden to join his band.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

1940s, New York City.

What recordings can we hear you on?

"Impromptu" - Rodriguez Brothers
"Reverence" - Michael Rodriguez
"Concentric Circles" - Kenny Barron
"Land of the Sun" - Charlie Haden
"Not in our Name" and "Time/Life" - Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra
"Avatar" - Gonzalo Rubalcaba.