Long a fixture in the Los Angeles area, Jerry Rusch is a strong trumpeter whose flexible style allows him to play in both hard bop and freer settings. He attended the University of Minnesota (1962-64), was in an Army Reserve band and in 1966 moved to Los Angeles. Since that time he has worked with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra (starting in 1967), Ray Charles (1972-73), Clifford Jordan, Joe Henderson, Willie Bobo, Louie Bellson, Teddy Edwards, Frank Foster, with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra in New York and in the studios. During two years spent living in Europe (1982-84), Rusch gigged with the Joe Haider Jazz Orchestra. As "Jerry Rush," he has led dates for his own Jeru record label and for Inner City (1979's Rush Hour). In addition he has appeared as a sideman on many records including with Gerald Wilson, Charles Kynard, Benny Powell, Henry Franklin and Eddie "Cleanhead Vinson" among others.
Share this page