Point Richmond Jazz presents Jesús Florido with Rodney Alejandro and friends
Born in Venezuela from Italian ancestry and living in the U.S since 1989, Jesús Florido has established himself as a very versatile musician. His training in the classical tradition has given him the perseverance and work ethics that are necessary to succeed in the music world. His teachers have included Eligiuz Stoiñsky, Larry Shapiro, and Davis Brooks. He also received consistent instruction from Joseph Gingold, Margareth Pardee and Dorothy DeLay. In addition to classical violin performance, he also has studied Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Rock, and Fiddle music, which - combined with his Latin American roots - has produced a unique and eclectic vision of music interpretation.
In light of his diverse background it is not surprising that his list of musical influences is unusually varied, incorporating composers and performers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Grapelli, Hendrix, Ponty, Shankar and Santana. These influences have fueled a passion for musical experimentation and motivated Mr. Florido to utilize both acoustic and electric violins in his recordings and performances. American fiddler Mark OConnor recognized him when he invited him to teach Latin-style fiddling and improvisation at his camps in Nashville and San Diego.
Sharing his music through teaching is an essential part of Mr. Floridos daily life. As a founding member of the National System of Youth and Children Orchestras in his native Venezuela he started teaching at a very young age. A highly sought after teacher, he has conducted workshops and residencies in Venezuela, Brazil, Spain, Canada, Germany, Austria, France, Belgium and the US. Music has to be part of every childs development in the world, he states.
Mr. Floridos playing can be heard on many commercial recordings. His latest recordings include work with such artists as Nima & Merge, Healer, Dan Hicks and the Hotlicks, Gary Hoey, Voyeur, Delarge, Hattler, and Nicholas Gunn. He has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists from Zubin Metha, Pinchas Zukermann and Itzhak Perlman to Whitney Houston, Moody Blues, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page among many others. With his recent debut solo recording, Heading North, Jesús introduces a compelling artistry balanced on a fine axis of musical virtuosity and pure heart. "This album came about from what is not out there from an instrumental point of view," he explains. "Jazz, rock, classical, Latin -- my album is a true melting pot." With his violin as a compass, Jesús Florido heads toward a limitless musical horizon.
Rodney Alejandro has an amazing resumé, having written songs for, produced or performed with The Temptations, Ray Charles, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Sammy Hagar, En Vogue, Tamia, Debelah Morgan, Winans Phase 2, My Town, Jerry Hey, Wyclef Jean, Wild Orchid, Shanice Wilson, Jaci Velasquez, Take 6, Yolanda Adams, and many more!
The show also coincides with Floridos birthday, and a number of Jesús close friends including Point Richmond Jazz favorites, Jeremy Cohen and Kit Eakle promise to join him on stage!
Joinin the celebration! You wont want tomoss this show!
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201 Martina St.
Richmond, CA 94801
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