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Shorty Rogers

Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: April 14, 1924 | Died: November 7, 1994    

Shorty Rogers

One of the leading figures of West Coast jazz, Shorty Rogers' decision to stop performing and switch to full-time studio work in 1962 marked the end of its golden era. Rogers played with a number of big bands in the late 1940s, and began to attract attention as an arranger while working with Woody Herman. Stan Kenton then hired him away from Herman and Rogers' compositions and arrangements for Kenton made him as much of a star as any of Kenton's soloists. Rogers left Kenton and pulled together a small group that included Art Pepper, Shelley Manne, Jimmy Giuffre, and Hampton Hawes to record Modern Sounds for Capitol. Rogers' tight and innovative arrangements on this recording are considered by many to be as influential as Gil Evans' for Miles Davis' small group on Birth of the Cool....
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  • Shorty Rogers: Four Classic Albums


    2011
  • Shorty Goes To Hollywood

    Giant Steps
    2007
  • Creative West Coast Swing

    RCA Victor
    2005
  • Modern Jazz Archive

    RCA Victor
    2004
  • Bossa Nova/Jazz Waltz

    Collectables
    2003
  • Contours

    RCA Victor
    2002
  • Shorty Rogers

    RCA Victor
    1998
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