Knoxville (TN) – Claudio Roditi, the distinguished Brazilian jazz artist, recently announced new agreements with creative rights management firm Round Hill Music and booking agency Music Arts Management. Music Arts Management will provide worldwide representation for Roditi’s performing and teaching activities.
Integrating post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts into his palette with ease, trumpeter Claudio Roditi is in high 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 (September 2011) on the Resonance label, BONS AMIGOS (HCD 2010), features several Roditi originals (Bossa de Mank, Piccolo Samba, and the driving, straight-ahead tune, Levitation) framed by seven compositions written by Brazilian masters such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Johnny Alf, guitarist/composer Toninho Horta, and pianist Eliane Elias.
Roditi’s previous release on Resonance, SIMPATICO(HCD 2008), featured twelve Roditi originals and earned the trumpeter favorable reviews. 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.”
BRAZILLIANCE x 4 (HCD 2002) earned Roditi a Grammy nomination in 2009, in the Best Latin Jazz Album category. This dynamic CD, released in 2009 on the Resonance label, features four Roditi originals as well as masterful compositions by some of his favorite Brazilian musicians/songwriters. BRAZILLIANCE also highlights the playing of three younger master Brazilian musicians who live in the United States: Helio Alves on piano, Leonardo Cioglia on bass, and Duduka da Fonseca on drums.
A lifelong passion for the trumpet fuels Claudio Roditi’s ongoing search for personal expression and musical perfection. As Neil Tesser of the Chicago Reader wrote:
. . . I can think of only a handful of modern trumpeters who combine brain and soul, technique and wisdom in a way that matches Roditi’s.