Rudd, Roswell (jazz) (Hopkins, Jr.)
- Lee Jeske
- , revised by Barry Kernfeld
(b Sharon, CT, Nov 17, 1935; d Kerhonkson, NY, Dec 21, 2017). American trombonist. His father was an accomplished amateur jazz drummer. After the family moved to Clinton, New York, Rudd learned french horn from the age of 11 and taught himself to play trombone while in his teens. While studying classical music at Yale University he belonged to Eli’s Chosen Six (to 1958), a dixieland band. He then went to New York and played dixieland professionally with such musicians as Pee Wee Russell, Eddie Condon, Wild Bill Davison, and Edmund Hall, and with the Saints and Sinners; he may be seen with Phil Woods and Kenny Davern in a dixieland band in the film The Hustler (1961). But at this same time, while working with Herbie Nichols (1960–62), whom Rudd considered his most inspiring teacher, his musical orientation shifted. He was a member of a quartet with Steve Lacy and Dennis Charles that for some time played exclusively the music of Thelonious Monk (...