Trumpeter, vocalist, percussionist and composer Pete Rodriguez has played with some of the best musicians in the world, including many of Latin music’s luminaries, such as Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, La India and Tito Puente, including singing on Puente’s Grammy and Latin Grammy winning album, Mambo Birdland. Pete is the son of Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, a music legend in the Latin music world who gave “Lil’ Pete” the responsibility of directing his 12- piece orchestra while also playing the trumpet and singing. While excelling in the Latin field, Pete also pursued his love for jazz and has been fortunate to have performed with such high profile bandleaders as Eddie Palmieri, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Chico O’Farril, Carlos “Patato” Valdez, and Bebo Valdez, including performing on Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch’s Grammy-winning album, Simpatico.
Pete’s latest CD, El Alquimista/The Alchemist, featuring Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sanchez, as well as Luis Perdomo, Henry Cole and Ricky Rodriguez, received critical acclaim, being called “historic” and “one of the best albums” of the year:
“There are simply no weaknesses whatsoever in either the writing or performance. The inspired use of instrumentation makes the production realize a high level of creativity and originality. It is an extremely well realized disc which reveals all that is so noble in jazz ... Highly recommended for any fan of modern jazz and particularly to those desiring to hear stimulating new compositions played by top flight musicians with an astonishing degree of empathy for each other. Easily one of the best albums I've had the pleasure of listening to this year. A very, very impressive achievement by all involved.” (Audophile Audition)