Phil Rodriguez has more than two decades of professional experience as a freelance trumpet player, touring artist, session musician, composer and teacher. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, Phil earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied with the great jazz trumpet guru Bobby Shew among others. He is also an alumnus of the prestigious Henry Mancini Institute. Phil spent several years cutting his teeth alongside some of the top jazz, studio and commercial musicians in L.A. before relocating to New York City in 2006, where he spent nearly a decade performing, touring and recording with a wide range of musicians and ensembles, from rock, pop, funk, soul and folk groups to singer songwriters, jazz small groups and big bands, commercial and pops orchestras, contemporary music chamber ensembles, as well as avant-garde jazz and improvised music ensembles. He has also led several of his own small ensembles focused on his original compositions.
In 2011, Phil joined the funk/soul/pop group Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, who have since racked up over 700 live shows throughout the U.S. and Canada and recorded four studio albums and a double live album. Based in Western Massachusetts since 2017, Phil continues to maintain an active performing and touring schedule. In the summer of 2019, he toured Europe with the internationally acclaimed indie-folk band Beirut, and continues to perform and tour with Burlington, Vermont based vocalist Kat Wright. Over the years, Phil has appeared on stage with such notable artists as Stevie Wonder, David Byrne, Bonnie Raitt, Jane Monheit, Michael Bublé, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Warren Haynes, Amanda Palmer, The Wood Brothers, John Medeski, Oteil Burbridge, Diana Krall, George Porter Jr., Allen Stone, Moe., Barry Manilow, Taj Mahal, Gordon Goodwin, Butch Trucks, and many others. He has performed on the Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, as well as countless music festivals, concert halls, theaters and clubs throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan.
As a trumpet teacher, Phil brings this wealth of professional experience to his students with a focus on developing good practice habits, emphasizing the fundamentals of efficient breathing, tone production, flexibility and range, as well as general musicianship skills for more advanced students like rhythm, sight-reading, music theory, critical listening, transcribing and improvisation.