Today I interviewed saxophonist and busker Dusty Rhodes, who hangs out on Newark Avenue between Grove and Erie in Jersey City. He’s recording an album set to drop early July spanning multiple genres including rap and even heavy metal. Rhodes said he mostly plays “Black people music,” whether it be jazz, blues, soul, funk, or hip-hop. The 44-year-old New Yorker plays both standards and some of his original compositions; he estimates that he makes about $100 a day playing on the street.
I spoke with him for an article that I’m working on about busking in general, which will also feature another saxophonist named Mike Hanley who plays in New York City. I’ll have the article up at some point but for now, I’m trying to decide which shot of Rhodes to use with my story….
Check out this video of Rhodes playing a sweet tribute to Carmen Garcia.