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The Trumpet Artistry of Shorty Rogers By Shorty Rogers


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This series came into being in response to the demand of the young student·musician who hopes for the opportunity to study the recorded solos of the many jazz greats. From it, he can naturally gain technically, and, at the same time, have more pleasurable hours of practice than those afforded by the antiquated scale-book studies. Also, with the inclusion of the basic melody and its chord symbols, he is given an opportunity for theoretical study. Thus, many new doors are opened it is hoped that in this series we are fulfilling this wish and that the student, in his climb to musical success, will enjoy many profitable hours through its usage.

Shorty Rogers’ many-faceted musical career began with his attendance at the famed New York city high school of music and arts. Following the war shorty stepped immediately into Woody Herman’s first herd and stayed with woody until the end of the second herd. With these two great bands, Shorty gained his fame as an arranger and trumpet soloist. In 1949 he joined the Kenton band where he remained until 1951 and then settled in southern California. From that time on, Shorty was the most active musician on the West coast. His activities include: motion picture scoring; working night clubs with his “giants”; arranging for numerous orchestras and record dates: teaching; and to add to this crowded life, he assumed the post of musical director for Atlantic records.

Shorty lists Bobby Hackett as his first trumpet influence and later, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. His playing has now reached such a point of individuality that it, in turn, has become a leading influence to the coming era of jazz men.

Song list:

  1. Just a Few
  2. Morpo
  3. Lotus Bud
  4. Shank’s Pranks
  5. Left Bank
  6. Casa de Luz

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