Author Archives: arodjazz

About arodjazz

Writer, trombonist, and PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology exploring the complexity of today's jazz world

Listening Back To My Last Year In LA

Yesterday, I returned to Peñaflor after a brief return trip to Southern California, in which I spent a week with Marina selling our car and finalizing various other aspects of our life together in Los Angeles. I’m happy to report that … Continue reading

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Remembering My 21st Birthday in Buenos Aires

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to send birthday greetings—it has been a pleasure to receive them throughout the day. Scrolling through all of your lovely messages on Facebook and email reminded me of the first day that I … Continue reading

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Lubricity Is Back … In Santiago, Chile

Well, folks: I made it to Santiago. As longtime readers of this blog know, Chile’s jazz scene has already taught me so much about what it means to make music in the world today—and that jazz is thriving all over … Continue reading

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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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