Claudio was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in 1946. He began playing piano as a child and studied formally for a while but, although he continued to play piano, he turned to the trumpet at the age of 12. He played in a school band and gradually, through records by Harry James, Louis Armstrong, Red Nichols and others, he began playing Jazz alongside the music of his native land.
During the 60s the Brazilian music scene was very lively, owing in great part to the universal popularity of the bossa nova. Roditi worked extensively but in 1970 went to the USA to study at the Berklee College Of Music. For the next six years he played in the north-eastern states, eventually moving to New York. He continued to play Brazilian music, recording Cinnamon Flower with Bob Mover, on which he was joined by Charlie Rouse.
Subsequent albums under his own name have been in the Jazz idiom but his Brazilian musical roots often emerge. A selection of favorite albumbs by Claudio must include: Gemini Man (1988), Slow Fire (1989), Two Of Swords (1991), Milestones (1992), On The Run (1993), Free Wheelin’, Samba-Manhattan Style (1995), CR with the Metropole Orchestra, Jazz Turns Samba (1996), Double Standards, Mind Games Live, Claudio, Rio & Friends (1997).
A strikingly proficient technician, Roditi brings enormous zest and fire to his playing. His eclecticism was put to good use during his work with the United Nations Orchestra, a band originating through Dizzy Gillespie. He has also worked with Slide Hampton’s Jazz Masters. Roditi will continue to blend the two musical forms he loves. As he told Stan Woolley in Jazz Journal International, “I am a Gemini. I was born in one country and live in another but I love them both – and both kinds of music, too”.