JAY RODRIGUEZ & GROOVE COLLECTIVE
This legendary group of musicians has improvised and refined the fusion of funk, jazz, house, Latin, hip-hop, rock and every party/dance sound in between. In 2016 under the leadership of multi-instrumentalist reedman, JAY RODRIGUEZ, this iconic and NYC’s original band celebrates this milestone with a new release, JAY RODRIGUEZ & GROOVE COLLECTIVE – REVIVAL.
GROOVE COLLECTIVE’S innovative, refined sound is unparalleled. They are the masters of multi-hued funk. Says Billboard Magazine, they “erase musical borders” with “jazz/funk fusion at its most sublime.” Their 2007 Grammy Nomination for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” for People, People, Music Music is an acknowledgement of the band’s pioneering sound. Their singular goal: to move listeners’ hearts and feet with “in the-pocket” drum and bass, vibrant horns, flavors of world percussion and intricate harmonies seamlessly fused together. Groove Collective defined the groove/electronica genre and will re-define it for the next decade in 2016.
Groove Collective’s impressive accolades include tours of Japan with BB King, Europe with Fred Wesley, Canada with the Dave Matthews Band, and recorded with Grammy winning Cuban pianist Chucho Valdez, backed the likes of Tupac Shakur (voted #2 all time live Hip Hop performance on MTV), Morcheeba, Don Cherry, Pharcyde, Natalie Merchant, and shared stages with some of the biggest names in music: James Brown, Maceo Parker, Erykah Badu, Tito Puente, Isaac Hayes, The Roots, Dave Matthews, Guru, Widespread Panic, Ben Harper, Bela Fleck, Roy Hargrove, Michael Franti, Hiram Bullock and the list goes on. They have spread their NYC vibe in over 25 countries, with headline stops at Montreaux Jazz Fest, North Sea Jazz Fest, Newport Jazz Japan, New Orleans Jazz Fest, NYC’s JVC Jazz Fest, Mt. Fuji Jazz Fest and jazz festivals in Nice, Berlin, Umbria, San Sebastian, Lyon, Marseille, Milan, Prague, Slovenia, Bratislava Slovakia, Belgrade, Poland, Istanbul, Moscow, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, American Music Hall, Chicago Jazz, San Francisco Jazz and Bogota’s Jazz El Parque.
This all-star cast of players hits hard, and hits funky. They are:
Jay Rodriguez- Musical Director, Leader, Reeds
Angel Rose – Special Guest Vocalist
Bill Ware – Vibraphones
Pablo Vergara – Piano /Keyboards
Jonathan Maron – Electric Bass
Chris Theberge – Congas/Percussionist
Genji Siraisi – Drums/vocals
Fleet-fingered saxophonist Jay Rodriguez has played it all in New York: salsa with Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, hip-hop with DJ Premier and Groove Collective, straight-ahead with Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Barron and Doc Cheatham. His new band, SEVEN, pays homage to a recent discovery: the free jazz of saxophonist Ornette Coleman. “I felt like one of those folks who just learned the earth is round,” he says.
Rodriguez took a deep dive into Coleman’s repertoire and came up with a brass and string ensemble inspired by the legend’s 1960s double quartets. It’ll perform Coleman-inspired originals like “Your Sound,” as well as Coleman classics like “Lonely Woman,” at Winter Jazzfest.
Jay Rodríguez – reeds/flute
Tony Falanga – acoustic bass
Al Mcdowell – electric bass
Arturo Stable – drums
Alex Carapetis – drums
+violin, viola, cello hired locally
ABOUT JAY RODRIGUEZ
Jay Rodriguez is a composer, arranger, multi-saxophonist, bass clarinetist and producer. His musical expression is limitless. Born in Barranquilla Colombia, his sound draws upon his Latin heritage. Explosive yet virtuosic, Jay’s musical style is rhythmically innovative and complex. His influences range from the styles of Lester Young to Ornette Coleman. He has worked with and/or produced extensively for Prince, Miles Davis, Ray Barretto, Bobby Sanabria, Guru, Annie Lenox, Elvin Jones, Steps Ahead, The Mingus Big Band, Joe Lovano, Elvis Costello, Celia Cruz, Gil Evans, Steps Ahead and John Faddis to name a few. He is Colombia’s answer to David Sanchez, Joshua Redman and James Carter. Jay has also studied with Sir Roland Hanna, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Werner, and Joe Henderson.