Alfredo Rodriguez trio to play at Saffron Hall

PUBLISHED: 11:20 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:20 09 March 2017

Alfredo Rodriguez is playing at Saffron Hall

Alfredo Rodriguez is playing at Saffron Hall

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The Alfredo Rodriguez trio, piano, guitar and drums, plays at Saffron Hall on Thursday, March 30.

The Cuban pianist, Alfredo was mentored by Quincy Jones, the American jazz artist who has won 79 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. Jones came to prominence in the 1950s as a jazz arranger and conductor, before moving on to work prolifically in pop music and film scores.

With Munir Hossn on electric bass and guitar and Michael Olivera on drums, the trio will play music from the album Tocororo, named after Cuba’s national bird. His music has been described as having an intricate and irresistible rhythm.

Alfredo Rodríguez, 31 is the elder of two sons of Alfredo “Alfredito” Rodríguez, a professional singer and composer of romantic songs and television presenter. Young Alfredo studied classical piano at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory, then at the Amadeo Roldán Music Conservatory as well as the Instituto Superior de Arte, all in Havana. His interest in jazz was stimulated by the annual JoJazz competition for young jazz musicians, where he won an honorable mention in 2003.

In 2006, Rodríguez was selected as one of 12 pianists from around the world to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Quincy Jones noticed him at the festival and offered to work with him. In 2007, he formed the first Alfredo Rodríguez Trio.

7.30pm. Tickets from £12 to £26 from 0845 548 7650 or www.saffronhall.com or Saffron Walden Tourist Office in the Market Square, 01799 524002.

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