bonds a deep sense of history with an appetite for the unknown. At 22, the Westchester native has garnered critical praise from JAZZIZ magazine, The New York Times, Paste, and Vanity Fair, and earned performance opportunities alongside Wynton Marsalis, Keyon Harrold, Ben Williams, Jazzmeia Horn, A$AP Rocky, Meshell Ndegeocello, Braxton Cook, and the late Roy Hargrove. Julius’ contributions on piano, drums, synthesizer, and electric bass appear on releases from Kassa Overall, Carmen Lundy, Brasstracks, Morgan Guerin, J. D. Walter, and Damien Sneed.
Since attending Juilliard and MSM, Julius has performed at notable New York venues, including Dizzy’s, Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, and The Jazz Gallery, as well as The Black Cat in San Francisco. He has appeared at clubs and festivals across the country and throughout the world, including The Blue Note, SFJazz, The Kennedy Center, Ronnie Scotts, and Monterey and North Sea Jazz Festivals. An emerging leader and highly sought collaborator, Julius looks forward to issuing his debut album in 2021.
composer Julius Rodriguez
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- Noah Fishman, Jazz Speaks
A native of White Plains, an MSM precollege alum, and a freshman at Juilliard, drummer/pianist Julius Rodriguez has been shaped and nurtured by the musical forces of the New York area. While his talents have taken him to festivals and competitions across the country, Rodriguez is deeply woven into the fabric of New York’s complex and tight-knit jazz community. You might find him hosting a jam session at Smalls, or even headlining a show at Lincoln Center, an annual holiday tradition for the past several years where his musicianship and spirit have inspired rave reviews.
- Benny Green
Julius Rodriguez is truly a brilliant young pianist, and hearing him, I’m certain that he is someone who will be bringing significant contributions to the expansion of Music in the 21st century. Julius’ playing is a joy to my soul and that of our greater musical community.
photo by Avery Savage
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photo by Avery Savage
- Kevin Laskey
This Thursday, October 6th, The Jazz Gallery is proud to welcome another new, young talent to our stage for this first time—pianist and drummer Julius Rodriguez. A native of White Plains, NY, and a student in Juilliard’s jazz program, Rodriguez is one of those rare rhythm section doublers, calling to mind Jack DeJohnette. While Rodriguez spent this past summer touring with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and backing up singer Macy Gray at the City Winery on drums, he’ll be playing piano at the Gallery this week along with a cadre of talented peers.
- Keyon Harrold
Julius Rodriguez is a special talent. His Musicianship is wise beyond words and his age. He has a vision fresh and far above any single genre, but well versed and still connected to the tradition of jazz masters like Herbie Hancock, Bill Evens, Wynton Kelly, and Art Tatum.
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