Samuel Martinelli CD Release of Crossing Paths with Claudio Roditi on trumpet

May 25, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
$20 pp advanced sales online $25 pp at door $12 pp minimum (food drink)

2 sets: 8:00 p.m.& 10:00 p.m.
$22 pp advanced sales online  $25 pp at door  $12 pp minimum (food drink)

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Samuel Martinelli – drums
Claudio Roditi – trumpet
Marcus McLaurine – bass
Tomoko Ohno – piano

Since the evening of November 21, 1962, when Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, Sergio Mendes, and Oscar Castro-Neves, among other noted Brazilian musicians, introduced bossa nova to America at the landmark Carnegie Hall concert, Brazilian music became a part of American music. In particular, it worked its way into the jazz world. Among the American musicians on the roster at Carnegie Hall that evening were Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, and Lalo Schifrin. This now-historic concert marked the start of many great artistic collaborations between American artists and the Brazilian artists premiering their unique music that evening.

Crossing Paths, a newly released album lead by Brazilian drummer Samuel Martinelli, updates and continues the tradition of this beautiful relationship between Brazilian music and jazz. The CD features six original compositions by Martinelli that successfully mix influences of both genres. It also includes two standards by two giants of American jazz: a Sonny Rollins song (“St. Thomas”) and a blues standard by Dizzy Gillespie (“Birks Works”). The presence of these compositions is a “tip of the hat” in tribute to these masters.

For Crossing Paths, Martinelli invited some of the best New York City musicians who are clearly fluent in both jazz and Brazilian music styles.The multi‒Grammy nominated trumpet player Claudio Roditi, also born in Brazil, has been active on the international jazz scene since the early 1970s. hails him as “… one of the very best performers in jazz.” Roditi has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Rouse, Paquito D’Rivera, McCoy Tyner, and Herbie Mann, among many others. He’s a world-recognized trumpet player and an icon of jazz and Brazilian music, with an extensive performance and teaching career literally embodying the spirit of the deep collaboration between both musical forms.

Marcus McLaurine is a well known bass player and professor at William Paterson University, in New Jersey. He accompanied the jazz legend Clark Terry as a bass player for nearly 25 years. McLaurine also played with the Count Basie Orchestra as well as some of the most respected big bands and musicians in the world.

Tomoko Ohno is an award-winning pianist from Japan and has played with Slide Hampton, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band, James Moody, Frank Wess, Diva Orchestra, and many others. She lends her enormous artistry to this project.

They all have in common a strong passion for jazz and the rhythms of Brazil, which resulted in this beautiful album.


Samuel Martinelli has a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the City University of New York ‒ Queens College. He has played with many great musicians, including Grammy-nominated and Latin Grammy‒awarded artists, at important venues such as Carnegie Hall, LeFrak Concert Hall, Folger Shakespeare Library, Rockwood Music Hall, arts centers in the New York City area, and Shanghai Jazz Club, in Madison, New Jersey. Martinelli has also taught workshops on Brazilian music at Queens College, Litchfield Jazz Camp, and other institutions. He is endorsed by Canopus Drums, in Japan, one of the most respected drum companies in the world today.

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. It was just the sounds that registered with me; I didn’t know what it was or what any of the tunes were – I just liked the music.” At the age of twenty, he was named a finalist in the International Jazz Competition in Vienna, and the following year, moved to Mexico City where he was active on the contemporary music scene. He relocated to Boston in 1970 and studied at studied at the Berklee School of Music in 1970 and 71. Later he joined the faculty of the School of Contemporary Music and rounded out his schedule with club and concert performances.  He is known for his warm, fluid sound combining post bop and Brazilian elements. A Grammy nominee, he has recorded a dozen albums as a leader.

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