Rodolfo Reyes


Born in Caracas, Venezuela, began his studies in Musical Theory and Ear Training at “El Bosque” Musical School, where he started with the flute, as principal instrument.
In 1978, he was selected as flutist in the “National Youth Symphony”, where he took lessons with Glenn Egner and Jose Antonio Naranjo, working classical repertoire.
In the fall of 1979, went to Berklee College of Music sponsored by CONAC (Venezuelan National Council of Culture) and studied saxophone and flute with George Garzone, Matt Marvuglio and Joseph Viola, and graduated with a Diploma in Professional Music in 1982.

Between 1982 and 1983, went to New York studied privately with Joe Allard. After this period he went back to Venezuela and started working with every major artist in the country. Playing, working and producing for major record labels, also doing studio work for people like:
Gerry Weil, Ilan Chester, Yordano, Adrenalina Caribe, Frank Quintero, Oscar D?Leon, El Trabuco, Maroa, and many more. In 1995 he did his first recording as a leader (Working Days, for Avatar Records)
He has worked as saxophonist with every major Symphony orchestra in Venezuela and as sidemen with Oscar D?Leon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Armando Manzanero, Soda Stereo, Danny Rivera, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Cheo Feliciano and many others.
In 1998, with partner, William Nazaret, founded SAXOMANIA, a 16 piece Big Band doing Salsa with Jazz influences, having great impact in the audiences of both coasts in USA, Puerto Rico and Europe. The band has three releases and 10 years of existence and working in a future project with Ricardo Ray and Bobby Cruz, having in the new staff of arrangers the greats Ray Santos and Marty Sheller. He also owns CARIJAZZ Records and produced LA TIMBA LOCA (aka. LA CLAVE SECRETA), Gonzalo Grau?s latin project nominated for the 2008 Grammy Awards.
He has his own band in the Jazz idiom MALA JUNTA, working the Jazz, Rock, Fusion and doing concerts and Jazz festivals in Venezuela and Canada.


On the Scene with Rodolfo Reyes