Red Rodney

Born: 
09/27/1927
City: 
Philadelphia
Region: 
PA
Country: 
USA
Died: 
05/27/1994
Years Active: 
1942-1994
Instruments: 
Trumpet
Associated Artists: 

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Robert Roland Chudnick, who performed under the stage name Red Rodney, was an American bop and hard bop trumpeter. He became a professional musician at 15, working in the mid-1940s for Jerry Wald, Jimmy Dorsey, Georgie Auld, Elliott Lawrence, Benny Goodman and Les Brown. In 1949 he accepted an invitation from Charlie Parker to join his quintet. As the only white member of the group he was billed as Albino Red when playing in the racially segregated southern United States. In 1975, while incarcerated in Kentucky for drug offenses, he gave music lessons to MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer.