b. 1919, Barrow-in-Furness, Westmorland, England, d. 26 March 1994. Although Roderick studied piano while still a small child, he was soon intent on playing the trumpet. From the mid-30s he was resident in London playing mostly in dance bands, but he also sat in with visiting American jazz artists including Coleman Hawkins and Benny Carter. During World War II, after being invalided out of the army, he resumed his dance band work, playing with many of the most popular bands of the day, including those led by Harry Roy and Geraldo, and he also played with the Harry Hayes Sextet. He then joined the newly-formed band of Ted Heath, remaining there until 1951. From this point onwards, Roderick worked mostly as a freelance session musician in London, often playing in orchestras formed to accompany important visiting artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Throughout most of his career, Roderick played lead trumpet in the bands in which he worked and was thus not well represented on record as a soloist. However, listening to the bite and power of the Heath band’s trumpet section, for example, gives some indication of his value to the British music scene.
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