Claudio Roditi Quartet: A Birthday Celebration at Kitano New York on May 28 and 29 -- Performances in Support of "Simpatico"

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Resonance Records announces performance dates for Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi at Kitano New York on May 28 and 29. Roditi will perform music from his new CD, Simpatico(release date: February 9), with sets at 8pm and 10pm. Additionally, the performance will serve as a birthday celebration for Roditi, who will be joined by an all-star lineup featuring pianist Nick Rolfe, bassist John Lee and drummer Vincent Ector.

In the wake of his acclaimed and Grammy-nominated (in the “Best Latin Jazz Album" category) 2009 Resonance Records release, Brazilliance x 4, trumpet/flugelhorn player Roditihas created Simpatico, another tuneful showcase for his patented blend of Brazilian samba and bossa nova with straight-ahead jazz, spotlighting both Roditi's playing and his composing talents.

“To me," Roditi remarks, “the main difference of this album from everything else I have done is that for the very first time these are all my compositions, all twelve of them. There are some new pieces, some a little older, but these are mostly things I haven't recorded, and some of them I haven't played live."

Roditi was born on May 28, 1946, in Rio de Janeiro and began his musical studies at the age of five. As a teenager he discovered the music of trumpet giants like Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, thanks to an American uncle's record collection. At twenty he was a finalist in the International Jazz Competition in Vienna, then in 1970 moved to Boston to study at the Berklee School of Music. By 1976 Roditi had arrived on the New York jazz scene, and over the years worked alongside such jazz luminaries as Mario Bauz, Paquito D'Rivera, Joe Henderson, Herbie Mann, Tito Puente, Charlie Rouse and McCoy Tyner.

In 1989 Roditi became a member of Dizzy Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra, and since then he has toured and recorded with The JazzMasters and The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Gillespie tribute groups led by musical director Slide Hampton. A gifted musical storyteller with a vast improviser's imagination, Roditi's playing is characterized by its essential lyricism and warmth. “Claudio doesn't even try to be original and he is," Paquito D'Rivera has observed, expressing a widely held opinion within the jazz community “He is such a sincere player. He doesn't play to try to impress anybody, he plays just music. ... I learn a lot from his way of approaching music, the honest way to play the music. The way he plays is so noble."

Claudio Roditi Quartet at Kitano New York

Friday - Saturday, May 28 & 29
8 PM & 10 PM

Kitano New York
66 Park Avenue (@ East 38th Street)
New York, New York 10016
Phone: (212) 885-7119

Resonance Records HCD-2008 / February 9, 2010

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