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Claudio Roditi Needs Our Help

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Raised by 626 people in 13 months
Created May 21, 2018
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on behalf of Claudio Roditi
As many of you in the music community may already know, the great Brazilian trumpet master Claudio Roditi has been fighting the battle of his life. Last year he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and a tumor that was considered too dangerous to remove until it could be shrunk. To make matters worse, the cancer had metastasized into his lung and lymph nodes.

 After receiving chemotherapy we were all encouraged when his numbers decreased and the tumor had shrunken some. Unfortunately this long battle started to cause additional problems and this week he was admitted to Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in New York. His CAT scan detected the cancer growing again and he must now undergo more chemotherapy.

I am reaching out to our loving musical community for donations to help Claudio financially in his hour of need. He has not been able to work much during this terrible ordeal and his funds are nearly depleted.

Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated… and never forgotten.
 
Please keep Claudio in your prayers.
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Dear friends from around the world,
I’m not on Facebook, and because of that, I cannot thank some friends unless I have their phone or email. However, from the bottom of my heart, I thank every one of you and God bless all!

In the last several months, I had daily radiation therapy with chemo twice per week, followed by a form of oral chemotherapy. I had to ask my oncologist to stop the oral therapy because the side effects were too much. All I wanted to do was sleep! So now, I have one month without treatment to recover and rebuild some strength. At the end of June, I’ll start infusion chemo once again.

While doing radiation, I met a 44-year-old young man, named Manny. We started talking in the waiting room, and he figured out I was Brazilian. I heard his Portuguese accent and learned he was from the Açores. When I went for my first treatment, the technicians were playing some horrible music. I decided to put up with it! The next day, they played the same type of music. On the third day, to my surprise, they were playing a jazz trio. Obviously, I asked the technicians what had happened. They said someone told them I was a jazz trumpeter. Wow! I then asked who had told them. It was Manny.
Well, later that day I called my friend Frank Moten and told him the story. Frank said, “Why don’t you ask them to play Dizzy Gillespie Pandora?” I did, they found it, and from then on, I heard Dizzy every day! All thanks to Manny, who got the music piece rolling in the right direction. We stayed in touch and were planning lunch in Newark at a Portuguese restaurant. Then I got a text from his wife saying he had passed away. I felt so sad. My impulse was to write him a song in tribute. That song was written in two days. I call it Manny’s Message. His message to me was one of positiveness and keeping a fighting spirit until the end.

In terms of gigs, not too much has been happening, except one nice gig at Trumpets in Montclair, New Jersey. They are looking to sell the club, and it is very sad to think this jazz venue will close.

I want to thank John Lee and Frank Moten for setting up this page for me. It has been a real lifesaver. Thank you all for your contributions and kind words. This page would not exist without you.

Love,
Claudio
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Dear friends from around the world,

Things on the health front are moving, but slowly. This winter, from mid-December to mid-January, I had one month of daily radiation therapy with chemo support two times a week. I don’t know the result of this regimen as yet because one has to wait about two months after this kind of treatment to have scans done. In the meantime, I’ve started taking a new oral chemotherapy drug. Very soon I will see my oncologist to talk and see what the plan is going forward.

I’ve had a couple of local gigs and have one student. Just recently, I gave him a lesson and it felt very nice. John Dukich is a software specialist, but has a lot of talent for music.

In Boston, my friends Oscar Stagnaro and Fernando Brandão, both teachers at Berklee College, are organizing a benefit concert for me on June 17, 2019, at Berklee. They are inviting many musicians with whom I’ve had an association in the past, in that town.

Recently, I recorded an album for the Belgian saxophonist Julien Hucq on the Early Bird label. It happened at John Lee’s studio in South Orange, New Jersey. The rhythm section was terrific: George Cables on piano, Victor Lewis on drums, and Marcos Varela on bass. We’re still putting some finishing touches on it. The co-producer of this project is the great bassist Mickey Bass, who owns Early Bird.

I’ve also written a new song with Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Silveira. We’re calling it “This One Is For Us.” We haven’t co-written a song since “The Monster And The Flower," which we wrote together thirty years ago when we were both playing with flutist Herbie Mann.

I’d like to extend my many thanks to Frank Moten and John Lee for organizing this page for me, which has been so helpful.
That’s it for now.

God bless you all and thank you forever,
Claudio
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Dear friends around the world,

First of all thank you for your support and love!
I want to give a special thanks to Frank Moten and John Lee for setting up this GoFundMe page and being the great friends they are.

On the first of December John Lee organized a concert called Giants of Jazz (an annual event at Sopac in South Orange). For this year he invited me to be the honoree and I immediately said YES. John invited the whole Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Trio da Paz, Maucha Adnet, and a huge number of Jazz stars from our musical family. In all there were more than forty musicians. Friends also flew from Europe to attend the event. Thank you Jacques Muyal, JJ Becciolini, and more. I will be forever thankful to John Lee and the town of South Orange, New Jersey for this honor and opportunity.

In terms of my health, on Monday the 17th of December, I will start radiation therapy and chemo. This new treatment will be one month long, after that we will access the situation. I want to specially thank my wife Kristen for being the Pilar of my life.

My love to all and again, thank you!
Claudio
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Dear friends from around the world,

I have started round 2 of my chemotherapy one week ago. We are using the same medicines
as last year, with the exception of the fact that I am taking my diet much more seriously this time around. What we eat gives us the fuel for our bodies and our well-being, but it also can fuel detrimental things in our system, so we need to be carefull with what we eat to ensure we are doing the best possible for our health.

I am a firm believer in Chinese medicine, therefore acupunture is a big part of my treatment, along with Western medicine treatment.

The first new song since my last update was completed a few days ago and ideas for the second one are popping up in my mind. I feel that playing the trumpet every day and composing are tools to enhance my treatment and to give me artistic fulfillment during this challenging time.

Once again, I would like to thank all of you for your contributions, for your kindness, love, friendship, and understanding. God bless you!

Claudio Roditi
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