A prominent Japanese musician in the New York jazz scene suffered a broken collarbone during a beating – all because he was presumed to be Chinese.
Tadataka Unno, 40, and the jazz pianist in question were allegedly attacked for the first time by a lonely teenager after leaving a subway station near his home in town, before a gang of seven other teenagers joined in their. The gang consisted of two men. and female members.
Called “a young genius” who “combines a lot of energy and delicacy in his music, and also swings so hard” by the legendary Jimmy Cobb, member of Miles Davis’ greatest sextet, Cobb also paid tribute to his former companion group with a glowing comparison. : âWhen I was with Miles, we helped each other to improve the music. Miles needed me and I needed him. I was a backbone for Miles when I was with Miles, but now Tada is a backbone for me.
Tokyo-born Unno was left with a broken collarbone and a series of other “serious” injuries, sources said.
The victim managed to briefly escape the gang, but was pursued and attacked again.
Unno reported to the New York City Police Department that during the attack, he overheard his attackers using the word âChineseâ.
Friend of Unno and fellow jazz musician, Jerome Jennings immediately created a GoFundMe campaign describing the Japanese pianist as “one of the kindest and sweetest souls”.
The campaign raised $ 89,611 to help Unno pay his medical bills and move his family to a safer area; Unno first became a father in June this year.
As of this writing, Unno is still unable to return to work and no member of the gang who assaulted him has been arrested.