Meet Jersey City/New York City busker and saxophonist Dusty Rhodes

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.


About Summer Dawn Hortillosa

Summer Dawn Hortillosa is a journalist specializing in arts and entertainment. Among other things, she is also an award-winning playwright, director, singer-songwriter and actress. Her work has been seen in The Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal and other publications.
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One Response to Meet Jersey City/New York City busker and saxophonist Dusty Rhodes

  1. Freedom says:

    I met Dusty personally a few weeks ago… he is genuine, maaaaan.

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