I went to see Claudio Roditi in a small dinner theatre like environment in Count Basie's birthplace of Red Bank, NJ last night. Roditi was backed by Nick Rolfe on piano and a gentleman from Brazil on bass whose name I unfortunately missed. It was a nice mellow evening of music with Roditi alternating between trumpet and flugelhorn and also singing in English and Portuguese. Rolfe had a light and quick touch on the piano, and reminded me of Oscar Peterson at times. The bassist took some extended solos and made the most of it playing well and getting a deep woody tone from his instrument. The selections played ran the gamut from originals to selections from Brazilian composers to songs by Lee Morgan and Duke Jordan. This concert was produced by a volunteer group called Jazz Arts Projects and the volunteers seemed knowledgeable and friendly.
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