NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A well known musician has been badly injured after being attacked near his home in Harlem.

Now the community has come together to support him.

As CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reports, New York-based Japanese musician Tadataka Unno is a beloved member of the local jazz community. The 40-year-old is a renowned pianist and composer.

“He really took hold of jazz culture and embodied it,” said Jerome Jennings, an instructor at the Julliard School, and a good friend of Unno’s. “He’s played in bands with Roy Hargrove and great Jimmy Cobb.”

Jennings says Unno is now suffering mentally and physically after being attacked unexpectedly.

It happened on Sept. 27 around 7:30 p.m. Jennings says Unnon was exiting the subway station at West 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue when several young people were blocking the turnstiles. Unno attempted to walk around the group, but was yelled at and pushed from behind, eventually punched in the face and body.

“He got up, tried to run, fell again, got back up, tried to run, fell again,” Jennings said.

Jennings says Unno’s wife says there were racial slurs yelled in the process.

“He did hear the word ‘Chinese’ and ‘Asian,'” Jennings said.

Police say no anti-Asian remarks were indicated in the report but the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.

As for Unno, he was taken to the hospital for treatment. Jennings says his friend suffered a broken collarbone and multiple bruises.

The injuries Unno sustained were so serious he actually underwent surgery on his shoulder. His family and friends say he’s now in recovery.

According to the NYPD, murders and burglaries were up in September compared to the year before. Assaults were down. Still, this isn’t the first well known person to be attacked in recent days. The NYPD says actor Rick Moranis was randomly attacked by a stranger on the Upper West Side earlier this month.

As for Unno, Jennnings has started a GoFundMe to help. The new father to a baby boy born in June is the sole breadwinner.

“Tada can’t play, and this is his sole income,” Jennings said. “He’s going to need some type of cushion to not worry about it, the medical bills, and he’s going to need therapy.”

In less than a week, the GoFundMe has raised almost $100,000. Jennings says the support is a testament to his friends character.

“Not only does he mean a lot for the community, but also to the jazz community in the states all over the world. The love is pouring in,” Jennings said.

He says Unno is extremely grateful for all the love and support.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

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Comments (17)
  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Why would this Japanese musician (who is from a totally safe country) want to live in a pest hole like New York? When will he realize that New York and the US represents yesterday and the world has left them behind? The future is outside of the US.

  2. Jose Arciniega says:

    “several young people”. Is there any other description of these “young people”? If CBS was interested in helping to solve this crime, wouldn’t a description be helpful? What reason could there be for hiding the identity of the assailants?

    1. louvregirl says:

      Who attacked him exactly??? They need to be put in jail. By police. Thank you.

  3. Past tense says:

    Asian jazz musician viciously attacked by African-American racists, LeBron James, Michele Obama and Barack Obama have no comment. Where’s my Pulitzer for journalistic excellence??

  4. Gordon Wagner says:

    Feral negroes? Is anyone else thinking that same thing?

  5. Milla Kramer says:

    Scary that these “White Supremacists” are now more diverse than “liberals”.

  6. Willie says:

    Trumps racist white supremacist AmeriKKKa

  7. He Will Not says:

    Something has to be done about these white racist Trump supporters!!!

  8. johnnybkay says:

    What was the race of those who attacked Tadataka Unno? The article did not say. . . Oh, wait — yes it did. . .

  9. Bob Mlier says:

    NYC must deal with the growing white supremacists problem.

    1. fred says:

      There were no white people involved.

  10. T says:

    Is Harlem white or asian?

  11. Harijanto Soepangkat says:

    This is the consequence of having a racist President sitting in the White House.

    1. beasn says:

      This is the consequence of New Yorkers voting for an anti-police, small ‘c’ communist for mayor. They are now getting what they voted for good and hard. Instead of enjoying their vote or voting for better people, they are now fleeing the city, infecting where they land with the same voting pattern. Trump has no jurisdiction in NYC.

    2. BRUCE GREGORY says:

      The inner city pastime of “polar bear hunting” existed before Trump was president. It was during Obama’s term that it was so popular. I guess that was the consequence of having Obama and Biden at the helm. Now we can add “panda hunting” to the progressive lexicon.

      Yeah, you go on believing it’s all because of Trump.

    3. Former NY'er says:

      Trump is not racist. Never has been, never will be.
      Perhaps you could expand your world beyond CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, MSNBC and affiliated.
      This country is in trouble because no one is getting the truth any more.

    4. thelitebrite says:

      Harijanto, you are being ironic, right?

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