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Red Rodney


RED RODNEY(trumpeter) was born September 27, 1927 in Philadephia, PA and passed away May 27, 1994. The legendary bebop player first drew attention when he was chosen by Charlie Parker to fill Miles Davis’ spot in Parker’s band. His early promise was interrupted by a series of jail terms due to drug addiction, resuming his career in the Las Vega pit orchestras of the 1960s. After returning to jazz in the 1970s, Rodney teamed with Ira Sullivan in 1980 on five well regarded albums and in the 1990s worked with Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts. While continuing a busy performing schedule, Rodney acted as consultant on Clint Eastwood’s biopic of Charlie Parker, “Bird”, contributing his own trumpet solos.