Japanese jazz pianist recovering from surgery after New York City subway attack

During the attack on September 27, Tadataka Unno was leaving the West 135 th Street station in Harlem when he was faced by a group of youths obstructing the gates, according to an authorities report.

Police stated that after Unno attempted to prevent them, he was pressed from behind and 2 individuals started chewing out him. One male started beating Unno, followed him, and continued to attack him, triggering Unno to be up to the ground. The male got away the scene and Unno was transferred to a neighboring medical facility. No arrests have actually been made, according to the NYPD.

Unno is a jazz pianist and author who has actually dipped into the Kennedy Center along with New York jazz clubs consisting of Village Vanguard, Dizzy’s Club, and the BlueNote Unno has actually resided in New York City considering that 2008, according to his site.

A note on his site checks out: “Thank you everyone for your prayers, love and tremendous support for Tadataka and Family.”

Unno recovering from surgery

Jerome Jennings, a long time good friend of Unno and the conductor of The Juilliard School’s jazz orchestra, began a GoFundMe page that has actually raised more than $122,000 since Sunday night, well above the initial $25,000 objective.

Jennings composed on the GoFundMe page that the “assailants broke Tada’s right collar bone, bruised his head, and body” which he was hurried to the emergency clinic after the attack.

Unno is presently recovering from surgery, his spouse Sayaka informed CNN.

Jennings states that the majority of the GoFundMe contributions were in between $5 and $100, and stemmed generally from the jazz neighborhood, which has actually been hard-hit by Covid-19 constraints.

Jennings stated that, in the wake of the attack “everybody showed up for Tadataka,” who he referred to as “a kind, beautiful person.”

“I thought that was just a testament to his character and also a testament to the people doing the right thing,” Jennings stated. “We need all the slivers of light as possible.”

In August, the NYPD revealed the development of an Asian Hate Crime Task Force after a boost in racist attacks versus Asian Americans throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The NYPD stated it is not presently examining the attack as a hate criminal offense, however some regional political leaders have actually condemned the attack for being inspired by hate.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a tweet that the occurrence was “horrific.”

“We can’t tolerate acts of hate and we must fight bigotry on all fronts. My thoughts are with Tadataka Unno and his family as he recovers,” Stringer stated.

Rep Grace Meng, who represents the sixth Congressional District in Queens, said in a Twitter post that the attack was “hard to see…in the city where I grew up and am now raising my boys.”

“My thoughts are with Tadataka Unno and his family as he recovers. Hate — against AAPIs and against any community — has no place in New York,” Meng stated.



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