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About arodjazz

An aspiring academic and jazz trombonist exploring the complexity of today's jazz world

Tigran Hamasyan Review @ LA Weekly

Tigran Hamasyan — The Alex Theatre — 4-22-14 By Alex W. Rodriguez for LA Weekly West Coast Sound This was my first concert review in a long time — and I had a lot of fun checking this out and putting the … Continue reading

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I Know What I’ve Done Since Last Summer

The last time I posted here, over six months ago, I wrote: Next up: I’m flying to Chile on Thursday to start a month of fieldwork in South America. Wish me luck on the next step of this adventure—and let’s … Continue reading

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New Writing at Ethnomusicology Review and IASPM-US

  I’ve been writing at a decent clip this month, with pieces now online at the IASPM-US website and the Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board. Check ’em out: Music Scenes: Creating Space for Creative Music at LA’s Blue Whale for IASPM-US CD Review: Book … Continue reading

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My Dad, The Poet Who Didn’t Even Know It

For a long time, I used to get really jealous of my jazz musician peers who grew up in musical households. So many of today’s great young players—Gerald Clayton, Anthony Wilson, Zack and Adam O’Farrill, the list goes on—come from … Continue reading

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4 Years Majoring in Jazz Writing at WordPress U

When I logged into my WordPress account for the first time in a few weeks this morning, I was greeted by a cheerful note: Happy Anniversary with! You registered on 4 years ago! Thanks for flying with us. Keep … Continue reading

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Tigran Hamasyan @ Blue Whale: An Improvised Concert Review

On Wednesday night, I finally made it back to my favorite LA jazz club, blue whale. Pianist Tigran Hamasyan was playing a solo show, and I knew that it was going to be something that I’d regret missing. So I … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King’s Jazz Dream

In MLK Days past, I have shared a famous quote that outlines Martin Luther King, Jr.’s love of jazz, a passage that has been something of a mantra for me ever since I first came across it in 2009. Today, … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Jazz Education @ NPR Music

A Brief History of Jazz Education: Part 1 and Part 2 By Alex W. Rodriguez for A Blog Supreme/NPR Jazz The second half of my latest contribution to A Blog Supreme is now online — part one was posted in … Continue reading

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My Linguocentric Predicament

With another year of graduate coursework well underway now, I figure it’s time to take a minute to reflect here at the blog on the various writing, musicking, and writing-about-musicking activities swirling through my calendar these days. The title of … Continue reading

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UCLA Jazz Course: Early Jazz in Los Angeles

As the quarter gets underway again here at UCLA, I have added a new wrinkle to my academic grind: being a Teaching Associate for the Department of Ethnomusicology’s undergraduate survey course, Jazz in American Culture. In fact, this is the … Continue reading

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