Maria Alejandra Rodriguez – Oct 04

Minton's playhouse
206 West 118th Street


Event Details


1st Set
7:30pm – Doors Open 6pm

2nd Set
9:30pm – Doors Open 9pm


Sets are 1 hour long
The admission price is $10.00 Sun. – Wed. and $20 Thu. – Sat. per set PLUS a 2 drink minimum.
* Admission may increase depending upon a given week’s performance schedule.




In the eight months since she moved to New York City from Miami, Venezuelan singer-songwriter Maria Alejandra Rodriguez has achieved more than many artists do in years trying their luck in the Big Apple.

With her strong, sultry voice and classic, throwback style, Rodriguez has been bringing a slew of songs from the Latin American repertoire of jazz, bolero, cha cha cha and bossa nova to jazz and world music venues all over town.
“There are singers who don’t know their own essence, so they sing pop and have to compete with American singers,” says Rodriguez, who plays the four-stringed cuatro and learned the basics of Venezuelan folklore from her grand-uncle, noted composer Enrique Hidalgo.

“That’s why I’m betting on my own essence, the Venezuelan song — that romantic song that is closer to that jazz of the ’50’s,” she adds.

“Most Americans see us Latinas as that sexy stereotype, and when I sing jazz and swing I play that part a bit, especially when I sing classics like ‘Bésame Mucho’ or ‘Quizás, Quizás, Quizás’ or the Mexican boleros from the ’50’s. I fit in very well with that world, and also because my look is very retro,” she says.

But Rodriguez’s ultimate goal is to move beyond boleros and jazz standards and make a name for herself with the songs she composes to sing with her cuatro, such as “Notas de Amor” or “Se Fue Aquel Amor,” which fuse jazz with Venezuelan merengue and form the core of her live repertoire.

She has shared stage with several renowned international artists like Gal Costa, Dulce Ponte and Teresa Salgueiro. She has also participated in various festivals, concert halls and night clubs in Brazil, Cuba, France and The United States. She has five albums to date including the successful “Canciones de Enrique Hidalgo” for which she created the concept and produced. There, she demonstrated her versatility and originality by presenting classic compositions from the Venezuelan traditional repertoire with a particular touch according to her search of contemporaneity and universality. This CD was well received by both the national critics and the public as it established a sales record in Venezuela and abroad. One of the tracks attracted the attention of a producer that took her to the prestigious Viña del Mar Festival in Chile. Her next musical work was entitled “Grano de Tempestad” where she recorded with Pablo Gil who composed the music for the voice of María Alejandra Rodríguez.

“My goal is to promote the jazz standard with merengue venezolano,” she says. “It’s not necessarily a catchy rhythm at first, but it becomes one when I do it.”