Claudio Roditi was born in 1946 in Rio de Janeiro and began his musical studies at age five. Early on he became enamored of the recordings of American trumpeters Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. At twenty, he was named a finalist in the International Jazz Competition in Vienna, and the following year, moved to Mexico City where he was active on the music scene. He relocated to Boston in 1970 to study at Berklee School of Music.
In 1976 Roditi moved to New York and quickly broke into the local circuit, performing and recording with Joe Henderson, Charlie Rouse, Herbie Mann, Tito Puente, McCoy Tyner and Paquito D’Rivera. He traveled with the Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra and then toured with The Jazz Masters, a Gillespie tribute group led by Slide Hampton. His solo work Symphonic Bossa Nova with Ettore Stratta and the Royal Philharmonic earned him a Grammy nomination in 1995 and his album “Brazilliance X 4” [Resonance Records] was nominated for a 2010 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Claudio integrates post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythms with ease, and his versatility keeps him in demand as a leader, a studio musician and a sideman. As a composer and arranger he has 13 critically acclaimed albums. He leads his own band and continues to travel with the Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra. He joins Litchfield Jazz Camp as a teaching artist in 2009.
Claudio will appear on the Litchfield Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 3:30pm with the Dena DeRose Quartet