Long a fixture in the Los Angeles area, Jerry Rusch was a strong trumpeter whose flexible style allowed him to play in both hard bop and freer settings. He attended the University of Minnesota (1962-1964), was in an Army Reserve band, and in 1966 moved to Los Angeles. He worked with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra (starting in 1967), Ray Charles (1972-1973), 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 (1982-1984), Rusch gigged with the Joe Haider Jazz Orchestra. As "Jerry Rush," he led dates for his own Jeru record label and for Inner City (1979's Rush Hour). He also appeared as a sideman on many records, including with Gerald Wilson, Charles Kynard, Benny Powell, Henry Franklin, and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, among others. Jerry Rusch died in Las Vegas in May 2003 at the age of 59.