Sunday, 25 August 2019

1044) Red Rodney

Robert Roland Chudnick (1927 – 1994), known professionally as Red Rodney. American jazz trumpeter.
He became a professional musician at 15, working in the mid-1940s for the big bands of Jerry Wald, Jimmy Dorsey, Georgie Auld, Elliot Lawrence, Benny Goodman, and Les Brown. He was inspired by hearing Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker to change his style to bebop, moving on to play with Claude Thornhill, Gene Krupa, and Woody Herman.
He accepted an invitation from Charlie Parker to join his quintet and was a member of the band from 1949–1951.

- "Rodney, distinguished by his flaming red hair, was also the first white bebop trumpeter."

- "I’m talking about the great red headed Be-Bopper Red Rodney..."…/fascinating-life-of-a…

- "Red was a red-haired young Jewish guy from Brooklyn..."…

- "Rodney was the red-haired Jewish boy in Charlie Parker's happiest band."…

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