Leon Rodriguez

Jazz Guitar from Austin, TX - Will travel up to 10 miles
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About
Leon Rodriguez has spent decades, in fact, a lifetimes honing his now considerable skills to bring you strong, experienced and nuanced interpretations of classic Blues, Jazz and Soul music from the perspective and rich tradition of Texas Guitar with an inherent flavor of Latin in the mix. The list of artists Leon brings that history with him to each and every job. Texas really is about guitar and Leon Rodriguez is about Texas Guitar. Blues, Soul, Jazz.... Texas guitar.
The uniquely American muse that falls in that indigenous place where Blues, Soul, and Jazz come together as one source with an awareness of the Texas Blues Guitar hierarchy inherent in their background. Their soulful, bluesy jazz exhibit influences that lean towards, T-Bone Walker, George Benson, Stax Records, Kenny Burrell, B.B. King, Phil Upchurch, Freddie King, Wayne Bennett, Grant Green, Albert King, Motown, Wes Montgomery, Michael Bloomfield, Charlie Christian, Johnny Winter and The Vaughan Brothers.
Years of roadwork and club work yield a smooth and sophisticated sensibility to the playing.
Leon Rodriguez began playing guitar at 3 years old when an uncle gave him a little Mexican guitar and became his first teacher. Leon later studied Jazz guitar with Chester Rupe as a teen, with Jack Peterson's protégé' Joel Sanders as an adult and Classical guitar with Andres Segovia's protégé', Javier Calderon at Del Mar College as an adult. For Leon it has been a true lifelong love affair with guitar.
In more than half a century with the instrument Leon has had the good fortune and privilege of performing with Pony Poindexter (Count Basie), Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, The Heat Wave, The Foundations, Clarence Carter, Sierra, Rusty Dougherty, "Blue Lou" Marini(Blues Brothers), Arnett Cobb, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Joseph Moments (The JB's), The Communicators, Freida Payne, Jack Peterson, Cookie Lareoux, Millie Jackson, Rosa King, Rhoda Scott, Hope Morgan, Judith Miller, Matta 8, Henry Rivas, Les Paul, The Westside Horns, The Army Jazz Ensemble, The Texas State University Jazz Band, The Corpus Christi State University Jazz Band, The Del Mar College Jazz Ensemble, The Austin Community College Jazz Band with whom he played the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Leon is well regarded as a sideman and studio player at home. Formally trained, Leon has also written, arranged, performed, and produced many radio commercials and film scores. Leon will also do Solo Guitar performances.
As a Sound Engineer, Artist Service Professional and Producer, his client list over a 23 year period include Frank Zappa, Harry Belafonte, Electric Light Orchestra, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Billy Cobham, Mahavishnu John McLaughlin's Shakti, Kitaro, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmie Vaughan, The Austin Opera House, Donavan, The Armadillo World Headquarters, Jerry Goodman, Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, Ronnie Millsap, Asleep at the Wheel, Delbert McClinton, Bill Carter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Duke, Nancy Wilson, Tom Waits, Kitaro, Joe Ely, B.B. King and many more. In short, Leon's roots in music run deep.
Between them Leland and Leon encompass an enormous scope of American musicality. Their guitar interpretations are inherently Texas flavored. They have been composing original music with the intention of recording a new album. We believe that you will agree that there is something special in their interpretation of the music.

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2014
Sep
14
Belmont Village
Austin, TX
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2014
Jul
30
Saxon Pub
Austin, TX
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2014
Jul
25
Westwood Country Club
Austin, TX
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2014
Jul
20
The Warehouse
San Antonio, TX
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2014
Jul
13
Belmont Village
Austin, TX
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2014
Jul
11
Ray Benson's Roadhouse
Austin, TX
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2014
Jun
11
Ray Benson's Roadhouse
Austin, TX
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2014
Mar
7
Coal Vines
Austin, TX
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2014
Feb
20
Coal Vines
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2014
Feb
13
Ray Benson's Roadhouse
1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2014
Jan
23
The Coal Vine
Austin, TX
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2013
Dec
14
Holiday Party
Austin, TX
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Affirmation
George Benson
Airmail Special
Charlie Christian
All Blues
Miles Davis
All of Me
George Benson
And I Love Her
Lennon/McCartney
Autumn Leaves
Kenny Burrell
Back at Chicken Shack
Jimmy Smith
Black Orpheus
Tal Farlow
Blue Bossa
Charlie Byrd
Breezin'
George Benson
Bring it on Home
Sam Cooke
Chameleon
Herbie Hancock
Close To You
Burt Bachrach
Crazy
Willie Nelson
Cry Me A River
Barney Kessell
Down Town
Leland Isley
Fever
Peggy Lee
Five Hundred Miles High
Chick Corea
Fly Me To the Moon
Frank Sinatra/Basie
Further on Down the Road
Bobby Blue Bland
Georgia
Wes Montgomery
Girl From Impanema
Antonio Carlos Jobim
God Bless the Child
Kenny Burrell
Going Down Slow
B.B. King
Here, There, Everywhere
Lennon/McCartney
I Wish
Stevie Wonder
Killin' Floor
Howlin' Wolf
Masquerade
George Benson
Me and Mrs. Jones
Billy Paul
Misty
Errol Gardner
Never Can Say Goodbye
Grant Green
One for Stevie
Leon Rodriguez
Road Song
Wes Montgomery
Samba Pa Ti
Carlos Santana
Satin Doll
Duke Ellington
Shadow of Your Smile
Kenny Burrell
So What?
Miles Davis
Spain
Chick Corea
St. Thomas
Sonny Rollins
Stormy Monday
T-Bone Walker
Sugar
Stanley Turentine
Summertime
George Gershwin
Sunny
Bobby Heeb
Take the A-Train
Duke Ellington
Texas Shuffle
Leon Rodriguez
The Moment that Mattered
Leon Rodriguez
The Stumble
Freddie King
Thrill is Gone
B.B. King
Unchain my Heart
Ray Charles
Wave
Tom Jobim
What a Difference a Day Made
Etta James
Whats Going On
Marvin Gaye
When Sunny Gets Blue
Joe Pass
Where is Love?
Leland Isley
Work Song
Nat Adderly
You are the Sunshine of My Life
Stevie Wonder
Jazz Guitar
Blues Guitar
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
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Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
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Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
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Bachelor Parties
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Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
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Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Leon Rodriguez will also travel to Manchaca, Del Valle, Buda, Kyle, Cedar Creek, Dale, Manor, Mc Neil, Pflugerville, Driftwood, Lockhart, Maxwell, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Elgin, Red Rock, San Marcos, Spicewood, Leander, Bastrop, Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Martindale, Coupland, Staples, Fentress, Hutto, Mc Dade, Prairie Lea, Rosanky.
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