Latest Release from Relief Records NYC! The first official CD from Abraham Rodriguez Jr. "Cachimba Inolvidable", released August 2010.

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"Cachimba Inolvidable" Son Borin Cubano; Sacred Orisha chants of Santeria put to New Yorican Son, classic American Jazz to Son. Beautiful instrumentation including horns and flute, piano, percussion, and amazing vocals. Abraham Rodriguez Jr. is a musical legend from the Lower East Side of New York City who is also a high priest or "Babalawo" of Santeria, performing in both secular and non-secular events across the NYC metropolitan area and beyond. Abraham carries on the teachings and traditions of his godfather Orlando "Puntilla" Rios, one of the first Cuban masters to bring Cuban music and traditions to the United States. Executive Producer; Dehran Duckworth Recorded by Dan Grigsby at The Institute of Audio Research, NY, NY Mastered by Dehran Duckworth at the Relief Records NYC studios, Brooklyn, NY http://www.reliefrecordsnyc.com

Abraham "Abe" Rodriguez, Jr. is a skillful and versatile musician born in New York City. As a member of the Grupo Folklorico Experimental Nuevayorquino and The Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble, Abe is a highly sought-after musician in the New York Latin Jazz scene. He has been touring for over 20 years with such renowned artists as Puntilla y Su Nueva Generacion, Totico Y Su Rumberos, Celia Cruz, Kip Hanrahan (see a more complete list below). He has recorded with Puntilla, Totico y Sus Rumberos on the hit single "What's Your Name?", Daniel Ponce on "Arawe", Kip Hanrahan, Kubata, and Los Afortunados. He is also the featured singer on Ray Santiago's internationally acclaimed CD "Pa' Que Nadie Me Olvide."

Abe has appeared on television shows broadcast by WXTV, WNET and WNYE in New York. He has performed at Carnegie Hall; Lincoln Center; Symphony Space; the New York Coliseum; The Blue Note; Smalls; Fat Cat; Pregones Theater; Lidia de Burgos Cultural Center; Sweet Rhythm; Aaron Davis Hall; Alvin Ailey Dance School, SOB's; La Fonda Boricua, The Pyramid Club, Plan B, and Nuyorican Poet's Cafe in the East Village; and the Puerto Rican and Cuban parades. Abe has also appeared at numerous colleges and universities such as Columbia University, Brown University, The Berkeley School of Music, The University of Miami, CCNY, Nassau Community College, Hunter College, and Brooklyn College.

Touring extensively, Abraham Rodriguez has performed in Holland, Las Fietas Patronales in Puerto Rico, The Caribbean Music Festival in Columbia, the Kansas City Ethnic Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Chicago Blues Festival, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the Field Museum in Illinois. In Amsterdam, Abe formed Future Paradise with Steve Sandburg, Ami Malina, and Nivelton Butler. At the Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Abe performed at "New York in Berlin" in Berlin, Germany.

Abraham Rodriguez received his music instruction at the Berkeley School of Music and at the University of Miami. He was lead singer and drummer of the Afro-Caribbean Ensemble Los Afortunados and collaborated with Orlando Rios "Puntilla" and Roberto Borrell, who have played a major role in the dissemination of Afro-Cuban music and dance. Los Afortunados performed for theaters, colleges, clubs, and community centers throughout New York City. He has also received several government grants to study Afro-Cuban folklore.

Mr. Rodriguez's knowledge and mastery of ritual and secular music of the Caribbean as well as of Du-wop has made him one of the most sought-after musicians in the Afro-Latin-Jazz music scene. Abraham Rodriguez is known internationally for his music in Spain, Switzerland, Cuba, and Mexico. He also teaches private classes and gives workshops on vocals and percussion, including congas, bongos, bata, shekeres, timbales, and other hand-held instruments.

Recently, Abe has been performing with Michele Rosewoman and the New Yor-Uba. Abe Rodriguez currently leads his band "Cachimba Inolvidable" throughout New York City.

"Cachimba Inolvidable" is available for purchase at cdbaby.com, itunes.com, and many other digital download and CD reseller sites. Visit http://www.reliefrecordsnyc.com for more info.

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