• Listen: Pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, Detroit Jazz Festival

    September 10, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    The young pianist Alfredo Rodriguez was detained while trying to defect to the US from his native Cuba. He just wanted to play music, he pleaded with his guards. They sympathized, and Rodriguez was on his way. At the Detroit Jazz Festival, Rodriguez played a powerful set that swung from showing his technical prowess to a more tender, quiet side. We only had time to feature a short excerpt on our broadcast show, but here you can listen to the entire performance:

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