Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez Duo
Weis Center Concert Hall
Painted in the broadest of strokes, the stories of Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez
may seem similar: both started life in Havana, discovered their gifts and passions for
music and headed to the States, where they melded the music of their homeland with a
wide variety of influences, each in his own deeply personal way.
Zoom in a little, though, and the two paths differ considerably. Rodriguez was born into
a musical family — his father a popular singer and TV host. A child prodigy, he studied
classical piano at the prestigious Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán and Instituto Superior
de Arte while playing popular music in his father’s orchestra by night. While performing
at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2006, he was discovered by his future mentor and
producer, the legendary Quincy Jones.
Martinez, on the other hand, honed his craft on the streets of Havana, learning the
deeply-rooted percussion and vocal style of Afro-Cuban folkloric and religious music.
This master percussionist and vocalist arrived in the United States in 1998; was soon
awarded first place at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Afro-Latin
Hand Drum Competition, and appeared in the documentary Calle 54. He then co-
founded a Latin-fusion group, Yerba Buena, with which he toured extensively and
recorded several successful albums. Martinez has performed or recorded with Wynton
Marsalis, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Angélique Kidjo, Chucho Valdés and
James Taylor. He has been a leader of his own quartet since 2005 with a Grammy-
nominated album released in 2013 on Motéma Music.
As a result of their differences, Rodriguez and Martinez share a natural chemistry that
makes for a galvanizing musical experience when they come together. Their first duo
album, Duologue, finds the pair exploring a range of moods and influences, from Cuban
classics to collaborative original compositions to a number of unexpected favorites.
Adults: $25 | Seniors 62+ and subscribers: $20 | Youth 18 and under: $15 | Bucknell
employees and retirees (limit 2): $15 | Bucknell students (limit 2): $10 | Non-Bucknell
students (limit 2): $15
Sponsored, in part, by Evangelical Community Hospital, ViaMedia, and Jazz @ Bucknell.