On Friday, December 22nd Julius Rodriguez returns to Alvin & Friends. A native of White Plains, Julius Rodriguez was already making a name for himself in the jazz world as a teen, hosting jam sessions at Smalls and headlining at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He was selected as a Young Arts National Finalist on both piano and drums, as well as a drummer in the Grammy Jazz Session and Next Generation Orchestra, a pianist at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Workshop and a 4-Time NAACP ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) National Medalist for instrumental music performance and music composition. Julius has shared the stage with many recognizable names including Javon Jackson, Andra Day, Wycliffe Gordon, James Morrison, Jazzmeia Horn, Dev Hynes, Roy Hargrove, Macy Gray, Wynton Marsalis, Nick Hakim, and more. He has performed at venues as varied as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C., the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, and the Monterey Jazz Festival, as well as internationally in Japan and Australia. Currently Julius studies jazz piano at Juilliard.