Recently relocated to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vanessa Rodrigues is an accomplished salsa pianist, music educator, and is also one of Canada’s most promising young jazz organists.

Vanessa has shared the stage with acclaimed international artists such as Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Silveira, Peruvian bass virtuoso Oscar Stagnaro, saxophonist Ronnie Cuber and trumpeter Randy Brecker, and has studied under Hammond B-3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and Colombian Salsa pianist Jaime Henao.

She has performed across Canada, Europe, Japan and Brazil, and founded a popular yearly jazz organ jam session in Montreal, at which she counts organist Joey DeFrancesco and saxophonist Kenny Garrett among her guests.

Vanessa has released 5 albums as a leader: Soul Project (2005); Gale/Rodrigues Group Live at the Rex (2007); Soul Food for Thought (2009); Buckaloose: the 270 Sessions (2010); and Buckaloose: Live at Upstairs (2013)

7 comments on “Biography

  1. Hi Vanessa, I just discovered you today on YouTube. I fell in love with the B3 and organ trios back in the late 60’s listening to Jimmy Smith, All “Hammond” Moore and others., Listening to you has rekindled my love for the instrument. I may have to leave the bass and go back to the B3 for awhile anyway…..

    • Hi Darrell, thank you so much for writing. Yeah the Hammond organ is a very special instrument, I’m happy to hear I’ve contributed to your appreciation of it. Enjoy!!
      Best wishes

  2. Great playing! I was just curious if u had any solo organ videos coming up on YouTube? Or maybe you playing church organ. But great playing again!

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