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" I struggled for years to find the right mouthpiece. I tried several different models that either cut my lips or felt uncomfortable. About 15 years ago, my friend and fellow trumpet player Gerry Lopez introduced me to Warburton mouthpieces, and I haven't looked back since. Up until recently, I had been playing the 4mc model and loved it. It was comfortable, produced a great sound, and allowed be to play both classical and jazz without having to switch mouthpieces. Recently, I had the great privilege of having Warburton design a custom mouthpiece for me - the P.Rodriguez model. It's based off the old 4mc but with a slightly altered backbore. It is even more comfortable to play than my old 4mc, and with the altered backbore, I find that I have more flexibility around the trumpet and am still able to produce a clear and full trumpet sound. I love this mouthpiece!"




Pete Rodriguez plays the silver plated Warburton model 336 Large bore trumpet.

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Trumpeter, vocalist, percussionist and composer Pete Rodriguez has played with some of the best musicians in the world, including many of Latin music’s luminaries, such as Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, La India and Tito Puente, including singing on Puente’s Grammy and Latin Grammy winning album, Mambo Birdland. Pete is the son of Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, a music legend in the Latin music world who gave “Lil’ Pete” the responsibility of directing his 12-piece orchestra while also playing the trumpet and singing. While excelling in the Latin field, Pete also pursued his love for jazz and has been fortunate to have performed with such high profile bandleaders as Eddie Palmieri, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Chico O’Farril, and Carlos “Patato” Valdez, including performing on Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch’s Grammy-winning album, Simpatico. Pete is currently performing internationally with Eddie Palmieri as well as with both the nonet and all-star big band of the legendary Afro-Cuban jazz bandleader Bebo Valdez.

Pete’s recently recorded second CD, El Alquimista/The Alchemist, is soon to be released. El Alquimista/The Alchemist includes all original compositions, featuring Grammy-winning saxophonist David Sanchez, as well as Luis Perdomo, Henry Cole and Ricky Rodriguez. His debut CD, Mind Trip, released in 2006, received critical acclaim, garnering the attention of, among others, jazz great Kenny Barron, who said the following about Pete’s playing and compositions on Mind Trip:
“He possesses a full rich sound on both trumpet and flugelhorn and his technique is incredible…. [But] it is as a composer that his development is even more amazing. The melodies he writes are full of complex and quirky rhythms, making unusual dips and turns. … Each of the original compositions, of which there are eight, on this CD is a unique entity unto itself, full of surprises and strange twists and turns. However, one can be assured that Mr. Rodriguez does have a full grasp of the history of the jazz tradition. One need only listen to his reading of Mal Waldron’s beautiful ballad ‘Soul Eyes,’ or Herbie Hancock’s tone poem, ‘Dolphin Dance,’ to hear his respect and love for tradition. I, for one, look forward to many more musical statements from this evolving young artist.”



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Look for Pete's latest CD "El Alchemista"