A Personal Appeal From Mark Harvey:
Dear Aardvark Fans,
In 1974, Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi and I co-led an exciting ensemble in Boston called the Allstars Big Band. Claudio went on to international fame with many artists including Paquito D’Rivera and Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra.
Now fighting cancer, the Berklee Latino and Latin Music Studies Departments are presenting an evening of Claudiio’s music in his honor featuring many standout musicians including Fernando Brandao, Oscar Stagnaro, Victor Mendoza, and many more. It is hoped that audience members will enjoy the music on this free concert and also contribute to a GoFundMe effort to assist with Claudio’s medical treatment. (See link below.)
I will be part of the evening, sharing recollections of the Allstars and playing an archival recording made at the legendary Debbie’s jazz club. A link below will take you to a story on Dick Vacca’s Troy Street blog that tells a bit about the Allstars. Also, jazz radio host from that period, Charlie Perkins, will be the emcee for the evening.
The event titled The Music and Legacy of Claudio Roditi will take place on Monday, June 17, at 7:30 PM at the David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street, Boston, Berklee College of Music. Free Admission.
Hope to see many of you at this unique and most meaningful event.
All best wishes,