Alfredo Rodriguez, jazz pianist pal of Dudamel and Quincy Jones, to play Pasadena


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Alfredo Rodriguez’s surprising odyssey continues.

As The Times reported in this story, it was barely a year and a half ago that the young classically trained pianist defected from his native Cuba to the United States. Since then, Rodriguez has become a protege of music legend Quincy Jones, and he performed at last fall’s Hollywood Bowl welcoming party for Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel.


While touring the world in recent months, Rodriguez also has earned some approving notices from the music press. (‘His playing, proficient and soulful, projects a spirited, youthful charm,’ opined the New York Times.)

This Saturday, under the umbrella of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops, he’ll be performing along with jazz vocalist Valarie Pettiford on the lawn next to the Rose Bowl. Single tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert go for $25-$90.

In the next to last program conducted by Rachael Worby, Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and selections from ‘Porgy and Bess,’ along with standards by Ellington, Mancini, Kander and Arlen are promised, and perhaps seasonally balmy temperatures as well. But you’ll have to bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.

-- Reed Johnson

[updated: an earlier version of this story had the incorrect day for the concert. It is Saturday.]


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