Jazz Series Continues At Rahway Theater

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RAHWAY—The Downfront Jazz series, a partnership of Arts Guild New Jersey and the Union County Performing Arts Center, presents the Claudio Roditi Quartet on Friday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. at performing arts center, 1601 Irving Street in Rahway.

Trumpeter Claudio Roditi integrates post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts with ease and plays with power and lyricism. This versatility keeps him in demand as a leader, a studio musician and a sideman. He is also a composer and arranger and has thirteen critically acclaimed albums.

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Roditi was born May 28, 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  He began his musical studies when he was just five years old. His native Brazilian music upbringing almost took a back seat as he became enamored with jazz and heard recordings of Louis Armstrong, Harry James and other American trumpeters.  By the time he was 13, thanks to an American uncle’s record collection, he became familiar with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.

“My uncle must have had the best jazz record collection in the whole of Brazil at that time,” he said. “I used to listen to them at his house, particularly Charlie Parker and Miles. It was just the sounds that registered with me; I didn’t know what it was or what any of the tunes were – I just liked the music.”

At the age of 20, he was named a finalist in the International Jazz Competition in Vienna, and the following year, moved to Mexico City where he was active in the contemporary music scene.  He relocated to Boston in 1970 and studied at the Berklee School of Music in 1970 and 1971.  Later he joined the faculty of the School of Contemporary Music and rounded out his schedule with club and concert performances.

Currently Roditi leads his own band and frequently travels as a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra.

Tickets for this performance are available for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Contact the Union County Performing Arts Center Box Office at 1-732-499-8226, Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. or purchase tickets online at www.ucpac.org.

Advance sale tickets can also be purchased for Sarah Partridge & Harry Allen, performing April 9, 2010, and the Stryker/Slagle Band, performing May 14.  Tickets purchased in advance for multiple concerts at once are further discounted.  Group rates are available for parties of five or more for the same concert.


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