Date: Mar 18th 2014 4:55p.m.
Contributed by: chelseastone

Alfredo Rodriguez has been considered one of the top 10 young pianists worldwide during the 21st century. As a star pupil of Quincy Jones, a godfather of American music, he has rapidly risen to stardom under the tutelage of the famed producer. 

Quincy Jones expressed, “Alfredo is very special and I do not say that easily because I have been surrounded by the best musicians in the world my entire life. He is without doubt one of the best young pianists I’ve ever seen and with the enormous skills that he already possesses, his potential is limitless.”

Rodriguez was chosen as a top 12 pianist to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival, a renowned European Jazz Festival. He has previously performed twice in China at the Shanghai International Film Festival and Shanghai Tourist Festival and also appeared on prestigious stages such as the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, and the Detroit, Newport, San Francisco, North Sea, Umbria and Vienna Jazz Festivals.

One of Alfredo's most well known compositions was accomplished through collaboration with Quincy Jones , Tan Dun , and Siedah Garrett ; the anthem "Better City, Better Life" was selected as the official theme song of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo . In addition to this impressive achievement, Alfredo was asked to perform the song at the closing ceremony of the Shanghai International Film Festival, making him the first non-Chinese artist to be bestowed this honor.

The Invasion Parade is the follow-up album to Rodriguez’s stunning debut on Mack Avenue, Sounds of Space. Co-Produced by Quincy Jones, the record is comprised of nine tracks including originals by Rodriguez as well as evergreens such as “Guantanamera,” Maria Teresa Vera’s “Veinte Años,” and “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás”. On this album, Alfredo explores ...

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