The Pitt Jazz Ensemble performs its annual concert on Thursday, April 15 at the William Pitt Union Assembly Room. Director Leon Lee Dorsey will lead the Jazz Ensemble and trumpeter Claudio Roditi will perform as featured soloist.
Integrating post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts into his palette with ease, Claudio Roditi plays with power and lyricism. This versatility keeps the trumpeter in demand as a performer, recording artist and teacher. As Zan Stewart, jazz reviewer for the Star-Ledger, observed, “‘Master musician’ is the term that comes to mind when discussing trumpeter, flügelhornist and composer Claudio Roditi.”
Born in 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Roditi began his musical studies when he was just six years old. By the time he was twelve, he had already become a serious jazz listener. In 1966, he was named a finalist at the International Jazz Competition in Vienna, Austria. In Vienna, Roditi met Art Farmer, who was one of his idols, and the friendship inspired the younger trumpeter to follow a career in jazz.
A determined Roditi relocated to Boston in 1970 to study at Berklee College of Music. Arriving in New York in 1976, Roditi performed and/or recorded with Charlie Rouse, Herbie Mann, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, Tito Puente, and McCoy Tyner, among others. Beginning in 1989, Roditi traveled for five years as a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra. Currently, he performs with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, a Gillespie tribute group. He also leads his own bands and tours worldwide as a featured performer in a wide variety of musical settings—from tours with the Roditi-Ignatzek-Rassinfosse Trio to appearances with The Jobim Project.
With over twenty critically acclaimed albums to his credit, Claudio Roditi continually develops his playing and compositions through new recording projects. His latest release on the Resonance Records label, Simpatico, features twelve Roditi originals and is garnering the trumpeter very favorable reviews. As Larry Taylor noted in All About Jazz, “As well as his peerless skills on trumpet, this CD shows off his writing talent . . . in a samba/bossa groove, as well as some solid straight-ahead tunes. . . . . Every cut here can be said to be a highlight.”