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‘I might never play again’: Renowned Japanese jazz pianist is robbed of his ability to play after being beaten up by teens on NY subway

  • Tadataka Unno, 40, was exiting a NYC subway station when he was set upon 
  • He was punched in the face and body and suffered a broken collar bone  
  • He is now suffering mentally and physically and is unable to play his instrument, according to his friend 

By Sophie Tanno For Dailymail.com

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A Japanese jazz pianist was left unable to provide for his family after he was beaten up on a New York subway.

Tadataka Unno, 40, was exiting the subway station on September 27 when he was set upon by a group of eight young people who were blocking the turnstiles. 

The musician attempted to walk around the group, but was yelled at and pushed from behind. 

He was eventually punched in the face and body. 

Tadataka Unno, 40, (pictured) was exiting the subway station when he was set upon by a group of eight young people who were blocking the turnstiles

Unno was rushed to hospital by ambulance where he underwent surgery on his shoulder

According to a GoFundMe page set up on behalf of Unno by his friend Jerome Jennings, the assailants broke his right collar bone, and bruised his head and body.

According to Unno’s wife, racial slurs were also yelled during the attack.  

He was rushed to hospital by ambulance where he underwent surgery on his shoulder. 

Police say no anti-Asian remarks were indicated in the report but the investigation is ongoing. 

‘I had no idea why I was shoved. One of them pointed at me and said, This guy just pushed me’ to her peers. This was not true,’ Unno told CNN

‘One of the others said, ‘She’s pregnant,’as if to imply that I had just attacked a pregnant person.’ 

Unno said: ‘I might never play again. 

‘The trauma, both physical and mental, are severe, and I have no timeline for a full recovery.’ 

Jennings, an instructor at the Julliard School, and a good friend of Unno’s says he is now suffering mentally and physically and is unable to play his instrument, which is his sole income. 

‘He’s going to need some type of cushion to not worry about it, the medical bills, and he’s going to need therapy,’ Jennings told CBS Local.  

On the GoFundMe page, he writes: ‘My names is Jerome Jennings and I am a drummer, educator, and bandleader based out of Montclair, NJ. 

Jennings, an instructor at the Julliard School, and a good friend of Unno’s says he is now suffering mentally and physically and is unable to play his instrument, which is his sole income

‘I first met Tada in Japan and have known him and his wife for over 15 years. We have played together all over the world. 

‘We are both friends and colleagues. I have known Tada to be one of the kindest and gentlest souls.

‘Four months ago Tada and his wife Sayaka welcomed a new baby into the world. Your donations will go towards emergency medical bills, physical therapy, rent, utilities, groceries, mental health support (therapy), taxis, moving expenses (in order to move to a neighborhood where they feel safer), and childcare. 

‘All contributions will go directly to Tadataka and his wife’s joint bank account. Please give what you can. Thank you.’ 

In just over a week, the page has raised $137,788, superseding its initial target of $25,000. 

Anyone with any information on the attack is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). 

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