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Jazz Faculty: Michael Rodriguez

Trumpeter/composer, Michael Rodriguez has performed and toured with Eric Reed, Clark Terry, Bobby Watson, Quincy Jones, Joe Lovano, Toshiko Akiyoshi Orchestra, Pop Icon Jessica Simpson, Chico O' Farill Orchestra, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and is a member of Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. Michael has also performed and traveled with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Carla Bley Band and Quintet, Kenny Baron’s Quintet, Carla Bley, Conrad Herwig Latin Side Projects, Clayton Brothers Quintet, Harry Conick Jr., Bob Mintzer,  Eddie Palmieri Septet, Lincoln center Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchesra, and the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra. and currently with The Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra.

In December of 2003 Michael recorded on Charlie Haden's Grammy award winning recording album featuring Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Joe Lovano entitled ¨Land of the Sun¨. Michael has also recorded on Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra’s latest album entitled “Not in Our Name” and is featured on “America the Beautiful” and Dvojak’s “Going Home”. Michael is currently a member of Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s new quintet and has toured and recorded on his new album on the Blue Note label entitled “Avatar” which was released early 2008.

 Michael and his brother, pianist Robert Rodriguez, have recorded three albums together “Introducing the Rodriguez Brothers,” ”Conversations,” and their most recent album “Mood Swing.”