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Rodriguez, Chino

Chino Rodriguez, of Puerto Rican/Chinese descent, born in New York City February 2, 1954 in the late 60’s Rodriguez Rodriguez started his musical career with a local Brooklyn, New York band by the name of Orchestra Dee Jay. That experience placed the spark that moved Rodriguez through many large and small salsa bands and companies within the music industry.

Rodriguez started his orchestra in the early 70’s and recorded two albums with Salsa Records entitled Maestro De Kung-Fu and Si Te Vas Mi China which sold Latin Gold recordings both produced by Larry Harlow of the Fania All-Stars and Producer of most of the Fania All-Star Albums. Chino Rodriguez y La Consagracion was nominated in the Latin NY Magazine’s Award for best new band and had two hits from the second album. After working his band in the New York club circuit, Rodriguez left the club scene and the music business and opened a successful computer company mid 80’s.

Rodriguez returned to music, as Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Hidden Faces Records. After setting up the record label for it’s owners and producing two projects for Hidden Faces, Rodriguez moved on to start an artist management firm. Rodriguez opened Chino Rodriguez Management a/k/a C.R.M. and Omni Latino Entertainment (Ole) in 1992. The firm recruited well known artists such as: Ismael Miranda, Giro, Joe Cuba, The LeBron Brothers, Nestor Sanchez, Angel Canales, Yomo Toro, Secreto, Spagga y La Raza, to name a few of the exclusive C.R.M. / Ole artists.

Internationally and throughout the United States, C.R.M. / Ole, had successfully booked, the late Frankie Ruiz, Tito Rojas, Elvis Crespo, Isidro Infante, El General, Larry Harlow, Ray Barretto, Johnny Pacheco, Descarga Boricua, Bobby Valentin, Latin Legends, Salsa Legends, Sancocho, Lalo Rodriguez, just to name a few. Rodriguez was also responsible for Recording projects of Capitol/EMI Latin’s “Naci para Cantar” by Lalo Rodriguez and ASEFRA Records “Cantar O No Cantar” by Ismael Miranda and Junior Gonzalez with three hits by Junior from that CD.

Rodriguez was a Casting Director for Telemundo’s Buscando Bands Exec. Prod. Riddle-Wienstock. In 1998 he opened LatinMusicBooking.com an online booking agency for all Latin Artists. In 2001 he produced a Musimentary Film called “Tumba La Casa” due to be released in 2003. Rodriguez is available for consulting, producing, management, and guest speaking and he still loves to play the trombone with his Salsa Dura Band every chance he gets.