One of the more obscure hornmen associated with the Kansas City jazz scene of the '40s, Richmond Henderson took part in four recording sessions during that decade according to classic jazz discography research. On compilations of material recorded in this period, his credit is sometimes altered to simply Rick Henderson, inviting confusion with a later saxophonist, arranger, and composer who was affiliated in the '50s with the Duke Ellington band. Trombonist Henderson also played with big bands, in particular a medium-sized aggregation helmed by Harlan Leonard, a saxophonist who came up with the Bennie Moten band and did much to bring out the R&B potential of the classic jazz big band. Henderson's mates in this underrated outfit share his level of obscurity, including saxophonist Hank Bridges and fellow trombonist Fred Lee Beckett.
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