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Jazz Num Dia de Verao, 1989


He wasn't born "Red Rodney." His original name was Robert Roland Chudnick.

He turned pro at 15 years old and performed in bands led by Jerry Wald, Jimmy Dorsey, Georgie Auld, Elliott Lawrence, Benny Goodman, and Les Brown.

in 1949, Charlie Parker invited him to join the quintet (both Miles and Dizzy gave him a thumbs up.)

After Parker, Rodney played in bands led by Claude Thornhill, Gene Krupa, and Woody Herman.

Personal problems caused him to drop out of the jazz scene in the 60s and 70s, but he made it back, his creative power obviously intact as this video demonstrates.


Red Rodney, trumpet,
Dick Oatts, tenor sax
Gary Dial, piano,
Jay Anderson, bass
Greg Hutchinson, drums

Jazz Num Dia de Verao is a festival held in Portugal.

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