University of Pittsburgh
April 6, 2010

Brazilian Trumpeter Claudio Roditi to Join Pitt Jazz Ensemble for Annual Spring Concert April 15


Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH-Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi will be the featured performer at the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble annual spring concert at 8 p.m. April 15 in the Assembly Room of the William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students. For more information, call 412-624-4187.

A performer, recording artist, and educator with more than 20 critically acclaimed albums to his credit, Roditi will first perform selections with the Pitt Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Leon Lee Dorsey, Pitt assistant professor of jazz studies and coordinator of the Jazz Studies Program. The ensemble comprises 30 Pitt jazz student musicians, including jazz vocalists.

Following his performance with the Pitt students, Roditi will play with Pittsburgh-area musicians Alton Merrell (piano), Jeffrey Grubbs (bass), Thomas Wendt (drums), and Cecil Washington (Latin percussion).

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Roditi came to the United States in 1970 to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He established his career in New York City, where he performed and/or recorded with Herbie Mann, Pacquito D'Rivera, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, Tito Puente, and McCoy Tyner, among others. Currently, he performs with the tribute group the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band. He also leads his own band and tours worldwide as a featured performer in a variety of musical settings. Roditi's CD "Brazilliance x 4" was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 in the "best Latin jazz album" category. His 2008 release "Simpatico" features 12 original songs and garnered the trumpeter very favorable reviews.

Roditi's extensive performing, composing, and recording, combined with his innate love of music and working with musicians, makes him an enthusiastic instructor. He teaches master classes at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho and at other venues around the world.