Wednesday, July 20
08:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Just Jazz Presents Rodolfo Zuniga + Surfaces @ Mr Musichead Gallery with Rodolfo Zuniga (drums), Jeff Ellwood (sax), Josh Nelson (piano), Eric England (bass).
*******Doors open at 7pm. Concert starts at 7:30pm. There will be a short artist interview prior to the live performance. Bar area will be open on the outdoor patio. Two drinks included with ticket purchase.
Drummer, and composer Rodolfo Zuniga is a native of San Jose, Costa Rica, now residing in the LA area. Since his arrival in U.S. he's become one of the most sought-after sidemen and educators. Rodolfo has shared the stage with Gary Campbell, Ira Sullivan, Bill Mays, Silvano Monasterios, Tomasz Dabrowski, Errol Rackipov, Stephen Scott, Troy Roberts, Bill Cunliffe, Martin Bejerano, Dave Fernandez, Camila Meza, John Hart, Michael Dease, Alex Norris, Chris Dingman, Rotem Sivan, Andy Laverne, Jason Hainsworth, Othello Molineaux, Tom Lippincott, Adam Kolker, Randy Brecker, Amir ElSaffar, Lew Tabackin, Joe Locke, Don Friedman, Robin Eubanks, Jonathan Kreisberg, Benny Golson, Fred Wesley, and Slide Hampton, to name a few.
As an educator, Rodolfo has over 12 years of experience holding previous positions at Florida International University, Broward College and Miami Dade College teaching Jazz, Music Production and Music Business. He has performed and presented at the Jazz Education Network convention and has been a Thelonious Monk Institute Clinician. He has taught masterclasses at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Denmark, The American Modern School of Music in Paris, The Universidad de las Americas in Ecuador, The New World School of the Arts in Miami, and The Universidad Nacional, Universidad de Costa Rica and The Symphonic Conservatory in San José,Costa Rica. Currently, Rodolfo is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Cal State University-Fullerton, teaching ensembles, jazz drums and music production.
As a leader and composer, his quartet "Surfaces” has released two albums and maintains a busy schedule performing in the US and in Central and South America. In 2005 the group was awarded the Carnegie Hall Residency under the direction of Dave Douglas and In that same year Rodolfo was chosen to be part of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Residency with whom he toured the U.S and was featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. More recently, Rodolfo has put together an octet version of “Surfaces” which is comprised of a jazz trio, string trio, electric guitar and vocals.
As a sideman, Rodolfo has toured the world with highly creative jazz projects performing in festivals like Copenhagen Jazz Festival, The Cully Switzerland Jazz Festival, Jazz Fest Málaga, The Ecuador Jazz Festival, Jazz Sur Le Ville Marseille, The Guatemala Jazz Festival, Ground Up Music Festival, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, and The St. Petersburg Jazz Festival. In addition, Rodolfo is the drummer for multi-Grammy award winner and best-selling Latin Pop artist Julio Iglesias. As part of this group he has performed at iconic venues like The Royal Albert Hall in London, The Kremlin Palace in Moscow, The Dubai Opera House, Rockefeller Center in Noew York, The Al Majaz Amphiteatre in Sharjah, UAE, The Forest Opera in Poland, The Yad Eliyahu Stadium in Israel, and The Auditorio Nacional in Mexico.