Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Latin legend and Grammy Nominated Artist, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez is a trumpeter, dynamic leader, charismatic performer, entertainer, gifted composer/arranger, author and educator. He is an active speaker and clinician who has dedicated his life to help promote music.

His latest textbook "ABC's of Brass Warm-Up" One Note Approach, is a valuable new addition to the pedagogical literature for aspiring brass players. "ABC's of LatinJazz," his first textbook, teaches the basics of how to play LatinJazz music and how to create an ensemble based upon this music.

Rodriguez has earned...
One Gold and Three Platinum records

Six of his own recordings

Produced countless recordings
for other artists

Dr. Bobby's newest release is "Celebration!" This CD reflects who I am and what my music is today, says Rodriguez. It’s a combination of hot Latin rhythms, screaming horns, sophisticated Jazz chordal structures, great modern voices, new style LatinJazz compositions, brilliant solos and pop elements that add up to what I call “21st century LatinJazz.”

"Trumpet Talk" featuring Kenny Burrell and Alex Acuña. Other CD's include "LatinJazz Romance" and his Grammy Nominated "LatinJazz Explosion." Winner of numerous awards, the Los Angeles New Times Salsa/Tropical Artist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award in Jazz from Drew University, KLON's Best New Latin Jazz Artist and "Jazz Educator of the Year." Rodriguez has earned a Gold and three Platinum records, produced six of his own recordings and has produced countless recordings for other artists. Dr. Bobby Rodriguez is on a roll.

Rodriguez is very active in the community. Some of the areas where his expertise has been invaluable are as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), member of the Board of the California Institute for the Preservation of Jazz, an educator in the City of Los Angeles Jazz Mentorship Program, and Buddy Collette's Jazz America.

He is presently director of LatinJazz Music and Jazz Trumpet at UCLA, UCI and Pasadena City College, director of the Jazz Adventure, and president of the Hispanic Musicians Association, Inc. And Rodriguez spent four years touring around the world on the "Love Boat."

His fiery and sensitive brand of trumpet playing along with his special ability to communicate with students and adults is amazing. He makes learning and performing fun.

He is very concerned with the musical future of children and has dedicated his life to promoting the Art form of Music and to motivate and educate young musicians.




University of California at Los Angeles - UCLA (2003-2006), Los Angeles, California, USA
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

California State University at Los Angeles (1999-2001), Los Angeles, California, USA
Master of Arts-Music

University of Southern California - USC (1998-1999), Los Angeles, California, USA

California State University, Long Beach (1975-1977), Los Angeles, California, USA
Bachelor of Arts-Music,

Rio Hondo Community College (1973-1975), Whittier, California, USA
Career Academy School of Broadcasting (1968-1969), Hollywood, California, USA

Dr. Bobby Rodriguez
Can Help!

He is available for...

  • Concerts
  • Clinics
  • Soloist
  • Private Events
  • Recordings
  • His expertise is...

  • Latin/Jazz
  • Jazz/Be Bop
  • Swing
  • Big Band - Small Band
  • Composing
  • Arranging
  • Producing
  • Clave
  • Dr. Rodriguez is...

    On the Board of the California Institute for the Preservation of Jazz

    Director of LatinJazz at UCLA and Jazz trumpet

    Director of LatinJazz at UC Irvine and Jazz trumpet

    Director LatinJazz Ensemble at Pasadena City College

    Leader of the Jazz Adventure, Music Center, L.A.

    Member of the City of Los Angeles Jazz Mentorship Program

    Performing member of Jazz Goes To School

    Teaching member of Buddy Collette's Jazz America

    Dr. Bobby Rodriguez has been president of the Hispanic Musicians Association, Inc. for the past twenty-two years.

    Dr. Bobby is a wonderful role model for our youth.

    Educational Experience

    2003 to present - UC Irvine - Director of LatinJazz Music and Jazz Trumpet

    2000 to present - UCLA - Director of LatinJazz Music and Jazz Trumpet

    2001 - California Music Educators Association (CMEA)

    1997 Music Center on Tour special assignment: Song writing techniques at Fletcher Drive Elementary.

    1996 to present - Jazz Sports L. A., Thelonius Monk Institute, West Coast trumpet teacher

    1996 to present - Buddy Collette's Jazz America

    1994 to present - Hispanic Musicians Association, Improvisation Courses

    1994 to 2002 - NARAS, Grammy's in the Schools

    1994-to 2003 Los Angels County High School of the Arts, Director of Jazz Studies, (Artist in Residence - 1993-1994)

    1994 to present - DA Camera Society
    "Salsa Connection"

    1993 - Roosevelt High School, Artist in Residence

    1992 to present - Jazz Mentorship Program, City of Los Angeles

    1991-1997 - Los Angeles Music and Art School

    1990-1993 - IOJA, Jazz Goes To School

    1988 to present - Jazz Adventure, Music Center on Tour "Jazz Adventure"

    1997 to present - International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE)



    The Jazz Leaders


    Trumpet Talk

    LatinJazz Romance

    LatinJazz Explosion
    (Grammy Nominated)

    LatinJazz Christmas

    Bobby Rodriguez Plays
    Duke Ellington

    California Salsa II
    HMA Salsa/Jazz Orchestra

    California Salsa I
    HMA Salsa/Jazz Orchestra

    Tell An Amigo

    Simply Macrame


    Trumpet/Flügelhorn/Valve Trombone



    In 2000 he received a Lifetime Achievements Award in
    Jazz from Drew University of Los Angeles, California.
    In 2000 he was Nominated for a Grammy Award for his
    "LatinJazz Explosion," CD.
    In 1999 he received KLON's Best New Latin Jazz Artist.
    In 1998 Bobby was awarded Jazz Educator of the Year by the Los Angeles Jazz Society.



    HMA "Spirit of Music Awards," 1991, 1992

    Latin Business Association's 16th Annual Awards Banquet, 1992-1994

    VONS Retirement Concert/Dinner for Bill Davila, 1992

    TELACU 10th Annual Scholarship Awards, 1993

    Celebrando la Diferencia, 1993

    Mariachi Christmas, 1993

    L.A. ARTS CARE-A-VAN, 1994

    Paquito's Christmas, 1994-1996

    Carmen (Adaptation), 1997

    LatinJazz Christmas Show, 1997-2004

    Caribbean Caliente Show for Princess Cruises, 2004



    Professional Musicians Local #47, Hollywood, California, USA

    NARAS (National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences), Los Angeles, California, USA

    Hispanic Musicians Association, Inc., Los Angeles, California, USA
    ASCAP, Hollywood, California, USA
    International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), International
    "B & R Time Music" Publishing Company, Los Angeles, California, USA

    NOSOTROS, Hollywood, California, USA


    Recording Experience:

    Artist  Recording Recording Company
    Bobby Rodriguez
    (Produced by Bobby Rodriguez)
     "Simply Macrame"  Jazzmen Records
    Brothers Johnson  "Right on Time" A & M Records
    Brothers Johnson "Blam"  A & M Records
    Brothers Johnson "Stomp"  A & M Records
    Gerard McMann   "Defiance"  Warner Brothers
    (Movie Sound Track)
    Lalo Schifrin "Boulevard Nights"    Warner Brothers
    (Movie Sound Track)  
    Maurice White  "Emotions Album" ARC Records 
    Bobby Rodriguez
    (Produced by Bobby Rodriguez) 
     "Tell an Amigo"  Sea Breeze Records
    Ed Jones & Familia
    (Co-Produced by Bobby Rodriguez)
    "Olé L.A."   Discovery Records 
    HMA Salsa/Jazz Orchestra
    (Produced by Bobby Rodriguez)
    "California Salsa"   Sea Breeze Records 
    Maxine Weldon
    (Produced by Bobby Rodriguez)
     "The Singer" Two Oaks Records 
    HMA Salsa/Jazz Orchestra
    (Produced by Bobby Rodriguez) 
    "California Salsa II"    Discos Dos Coronas
    Billy Mitchell/John Bolivar "Live"   USA Records 
    Bill Laster
    (Co-Produced by Bobby Rodriguez) 
    "Shades of Jade IV"   Absolute Pitch
    Candi Sosa
    (Co-Produced by Bobby Rodriguez) 
    "Cuba...Me Corazon Te Llama"   Discos Dos Coronas 
    Bobby Rodriguez
    (Co-Produced by Bobby Rodriguez)
    "Plays Duke Ellington"   Latin Jazz Productions 
    Bobby Rodriguez "A LatinJazz Christmas"  JVC/JMI Records  
    Bobby Rodriguez 
    (Co-Produced by Bobby Rodriguez)
    "LatinJazz Explosion"  
    (Grammy Nominated)
      Latin Jazz Productions
    George Kahn

     "Freedom Vessel..."

     BFD 2001
     Bobby Rodriguez 
    (Co-Produced by Bobby Rodriguez)

     "LatinJazz Romance"  

       Latin Jazz Productions
     Bobby Rodriguez 
    (Co-Produced by Bobby Rodriguez)

     "Trumpet Talk "  

       Latin Jazz Productions
     Bobby Rodriguez 
    (Co-Produced by Bobby Rodriguez)


       Latin Jazz Productions
    Cynthia James
    "Standing In The Light"
    Gerald Wilson
    Mack Avenue



    Radio Announcer: K.B.C.A. 1969-1971, K.J.L.H. 1974-1975
    and K.K.G.O. 1980

    Performed With:

    Quincy Jones Christina Aguilera Diana Krall Dee Dee Bridgewater
    Lalo Schifrin Baby Face Ray Brown Regina Carter
    Gerald Wilson & Orchestra Brothers Johnson   Dr. John Billy Higgins
    Poncho Sanchez Willie Bobo Take 6  Kevin Mahogany
    Louis Bellson & Orchestra Don Ellis & Orchestra  John Pizzarelli Carmen Bradford
    Maurice White
    (Earth, Wind & Fire)
    Ike & Tina Turner  Shirley Horn Plas Johnson
    Ray Charles Chaka Kahn  Jack Sheldon Cassandra Wilson
    Bo Diddley Maxine Weldon  Chucho Valdes Nancy Wilson
    Rob McConnell Carl Fontana  Joshua Redman Jimmy Smith
    Teddy Edwards Larry Gales  Stanley Turrentine Harvey Mason
    Eddie Harris Herbie Hancock  Kenny Burrell Cleo Laine
    Freda Payne Al Williams  Ken Peplowski Nicholas Payton
    Don Menza Bennie Maupin
    Roy Hargrove
    Jon Faddis
    Buddy Collette Ray Pizzi  Lou Rawls  Les McCann
    Arturo Sandoval Wynton Marsalis Oscar Peterson  Tito Puente
    John Clayton Milt Jackson Jeff Hamilton  Jeff Clayton
      Oscar Brashear   Eugene "Snooky" Young George Bohanon  Bobby Bryant, Sr.
    The Emotions

    Appeared as an actor in the motion pictures:

    "Richman, Poorman", Television Mini Series, ABC Network, Hollywood, California, USA

    "Harlem Nights", Warner Brothers Studios, Hollywood, California, USA


    California Arts Couincil, 1989 - 1995

    Innter City Cultural Center, First Bar, 1991 - 1993

    Spotlight Music Awards (Music Center, Los Angeles) 1992 - 1998

    Bravo Awards (Music Center, Los Angeles) 1996 to present

    City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs, 1997


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