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About arodjazz

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

Be There In Spirit For My First Performance of 2016

Update: Thanks to everyone for being a part of this experiment! I wrote about the experience for the Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board, which also includes a live recording of one of the songs we recorded. Click here to check it out! … Continue reading

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Interview: Rudresh Mahanthappa at Providencia Jazz Festival

  Fresh off another round of critical praise for his 2015 album Bird Calls, Rudresh Mahanthappa and his quintet brought their assertive virtuosity to the Providencia Jazz Festival in Santiago, Chile last night. The large outdoor festival was free this year for … Continue reading

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Interview: Branford Marsalis at San Bernardo Jazz Fest

Branford Marsalis is not known to mince words. So when the upstart Chilean jazz magazine Papeles de Jazz invited me to interview him, I know that he wouldn’t hesitate to share his first impressions of Chile in the midst of his first … Continue reading

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A Jazz Band in Chile In 1917 @ Ethnomusicology Review

The Word Jazz In The Jazz World By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board I wrote about some preliminary research that I did for my Chilean fieldwork, which brought up a reference to a “jazz band” there … Continue reading

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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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