Barry Rogers

Barry Rogers - trombone (1935 - 1991)

Barry Rogers is widely recognized as being the most influential trombone soloist in New York's formative Salsa scene from the early 1960's through the late 80's. The sound which he created transformed the way the trombone has been used in Latin music and still resonates today as his influence on contemporary players is evident.

He developed his style during several years with Eddie Palmieri, a collaboration that resulted in over a dozen recordings, some stellar arrangements, and one Grammy award. He also lent his talents to albums by The Fania All-Stars, Machito, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Charlie Palmieri, Cheo Feliciano, Johnny Pacheco, Manny Oquendo's “Libre”, and many more.

Barry was also a founding member of the ground-breaking jazz-rock band DREAMS which included Mike and Randy Brecker, and had a jazz and studio recording career that saw him work with artists like James Taylor, Aretha Franklyn, Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Grover Washington Jr., Ron Carter, George Benson, Carly Simon, David Byrne, Bob James, Spyro Gyra, Bob Moses, Elton John and Don Grolnick.

This is an excerpt from an article on Barry Rogers by David Carp:

The life and work of Barry Rogers is fraught with irony. Not a Latino, he changed the face of Hispanic Caribbean music. Not a scion of the African Diaspora, he felt, mastered, performed and taught Afro-Atlantic music as if it were part of his genetic makeup

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