May 28, 1946 in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Claudio Roditi was born May 28th, 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began his musical studies when he was just five years old. His native Brazilian music upbringing almost took a back seat as he became enamoured with jazz and heard recordings of Louis Armstrong, Harry James and other American trumpeters. By the time he was 13, thanks to an America uncle's record collection, he became familiar with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. "My uncle must have had the best jazz record collection in the whole of Brazil at that time. I use to listen to them at his house, particularly Charlie Parker and Miles.