Category Archives: Education

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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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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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 WordPress.com! You registered on WordPress.com 4 years ago! Thanks for flying with us. Keep … 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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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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Fred Wesley @ Oceanside Jazz Festival

In case you were wondering, Fred Wesley still knows how to get down. At the tender age of 68, the Funkiest Trombonist of All Time overcame a long cross-country flight and a bout with acute bronchitis to serve as the … Continue reading

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Funkiest College Jazz Festival Ever

Tomorrow night, I will be driving down to Oceanside to see perhaps the greatest living trombonist, my childhood trombone hero Fred Wesley, sit in as a guest artist for the Oceanside Jazz Festival. I’m looking forward to checking out the … Continue reading

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Badbadnotgood: Leave Jazz Alone

This morning, I finally caught up with the jazz internet hoopla surrounding the Toronto-based trio Badbadnotgood (BBNG). I will not link to any of their music here, because they have received plenty of attention already. I will, however, link to … Continue reading

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