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Jazz International Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist again!

The composition “Leaps and Bounces” composed by Rodrigo Cotelo has been selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Jazz category of the 2019 International Songwriting Competition. Among others, the jurors consisted of Kenny Garrett, Danilo Perez, Peter Erskine, Gordon Goodwin, and saxophonist Ted Nash. 2019ISCSemiFinalist

This is now the fourth time (three times in Jazz, one in Blues) Rodrigo has been recognized by the prestigious Nashville based International Songwriting Competition. The previous editions with the same distinction:

2017ISC2018 Jazz category “S Mitchell St” by Rodrigo Cotelo, 2017  Jazz category, “In Some Shape or Form” composed by Rodrigo Cotelo and Clay Wulbrecht. Apart from Clay on Piano and Rodrigo on Guitar, the tune features Stefan Lenthe on Bass and Chris Parker on Drums. Jurors in 2017 included Vijay Iyer, Danilo Perez, and Esperanza Spalding among others.

ISC 2016 semi2016 Blm.phplues category, “Usual Suspects” was recognized by juror Joe Bona-massa among others.

2015 Jazz category, “Young Dads” was selected by jurors Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, and Danilo Perez. “Young Dads” is part of  #Bloomerangs debut album”Horizon Sunset” and “Usual Suspects” will only be available on the Deluxe digital edition of the album.

Indaba Music Big Band

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Rodrigo’s tune “Opportune” has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Indaba Music Big Band contest! You can listen or buy Opportune on iTunes on this LINK

The tune features Martin Ibarburu on Drums, Andres Pigatto on Bass, Ignacio Labrada on Piano, Sergio Wagner on Trumpet, Ramiro Flores on Sax, Juan Canosa on Trombone, and Rodrigo on Guitars.

The composition is also shared with the collaboration of Alvaro Pacello and it’s part of “Ser Sonido (Being Sound” Rodrigo’s 2013 MT Records album.

Jazz Weekly

George W. Harris: “While politics may separate nations, funky blues seems to bind them together…” Keep reading:

Contemporary Fusion Reviews

Dick Metcalf: “Another thing that attracted my ears to the band immediately is that all of the tunes are originals; no covers, only the raw & pure energy of artists who are more engaged because it’s their “own” music at stake…” Keep reading:

Review Graveyard

Nick Smithson 8/10: “I don’t know if it’s the diverse cultures the musicians hail from, or whether Jazz is a truly universal language, but this album is a joy to listen to from start to finish…” “This will act as the background to my summer this year. It’s perfect for just about every occasion.” Keep reading:

Midwestern Record

Chris Spector: “#BLOOMERANGS/Horizon Sunset: Guided by the spirit of world beat and second line funk, this bunch doesn’t try to be anything but themselves even if they go from reminding you of a genre busting bunch of hippies from Boston in the late 60s, a bunch of NAC champs seeing how they can amuse themselves and much more…” Keep reading:

WTJU 91.1 University of Virginia

Dave Rogers: “The sound would no doubt catch one’s ear if walking in the city square, both for its lilting quality and its engaging rhythm…” Keep reading:

PARMA Recordings Inside Story profile:

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Latin Jazz Network: Ser Sonido Album review



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