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oswell Rudd
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Roswell Rudd

Rudd in 2006

Background information

Birth name Roswell Hopkins Rudd, Jr.

Born 17 November 1935 (age 81)

Sharon, Connecticut United States

Genres Avant-garde jazz, free jazz

Occupation(s) Musician, composer, educator

Instruments Trombone

Years active 1957present

Labels Columbia, Sunnyside, Universal, DIW, Verve

Associated Eli's Chosen Six, New York Art Quartet, Archie

acts Shepp, Thelonious Monk


Roswell Hopkins Rudd, Jr. (born November 17, 1935) is an American jazz trombonist and
Although skilled in a variety of genres of jazz (including Dixieland, which he performed while in
college) and other genres of music, he is known primarily for his work in free and avant-garde
jazz. Since 1962 Rudd has worked extensively with saxophonist Archie Shepp.[2]


2Awards and honors
o 3.1As leader
o 3.2As sideman
5External links

Rudd was born in Sharon, Connecticut. He attended the Hotchkiss School and graduated
from Yale University, where he played with Eli's Chosen Six, a dixieland band of students that
Rudd joined in the mid-'50s. The sextet played the boisterous trad jazz style of the day and
recorded two albums, including one for Columbia Records. His collaborations with Cecil
Taylor, Archie Shepp, John Tchicai, and Steve Lacy grew out of the lessons learned while
playing rags and stomps for drunken college kids in Connecticut.[3]
Rudd later taught ethnomusicology at Bard College and the University of Maine.[4] On and off
for a period of three decades, he assisted Alan Lomax with his world music song style
(Cantometrics)[5] and Global Jukebox projects.[6]
In the 1960s, Rudd participated in free jazz recordings such as the New York Art Quartet; the
soundtrack for the 1964 movie New York Eye and Ear Control; the album Communications by
the Jazz Composer's Orchestra; and in collaborations with Don Cherry, Larry Coryell, Pharoah
Sanders, and Gato Barbieri. Rudd has had lifelong friendships with saxophonists Archie
Shepp and Steve Lacy and has performed and recorded the music of Thelonious Monk with
Rudd and his producer and partner Verna Gillis went to Mali in 2000 and 2001. His
album MALIcool (2001), a cross-cultural collaboration with kora player Toumani Diabat[8] and
other Malian musicians, represented the first time the trombone had been featured in a
recording of Malian traditional music.[9]
In 2004, he brought his Trombone Shout Band to perform at the 4th Festival au
Dsert in Essakane, Tombouctou Region, Mali. In 2005, he extended his reach further,
recording an album with the Mongolian Buryat Band, a traditional music group of musicians
from Mongolia and Buryatia, entitled Blue Mongol.[10]
Rudd conducts master classes and workshops both in the United States and around the