Rolf Ericson

Rolf Ericson (August 29, 1922 – June 16, 1997) was a Swedish jazz trumpeter. He also played the flugelhorn.[1]

Early career

He moved to New York City in 1947 and in 1949 joined Charlie Barnet's big band and with Woody Herman in 1950. Later he worked with Paul Gonsalves, Charlie Parker, Lars Gullin, and Charles Mingus.

Returning to Sweden in 1950, he recorded as a leader and with Arne Domnérus, as well as for Leonard Feather's Swinging Swedes. He returned to the U.S. during 1953-1956, and played with the big bands of Charlie Spivak, Harry James, the Dorsey Brothers, and Les Brown and was with the Lighthouse All-Stars. In 1956, he toured Sweden and played with Ernestine Anderson and Lars Gullin.

Later career

From 1956–1965 he was back in the U.S., working with Dexter Gordon, Harold Land, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, Gerry Mulligan, Dan Terry, Max Roach and Charles Mingus, among others. He was with the Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1963–1971. In the early 1960s he made three recordings as a member of the Rod Levitt orchestra (octet). Ericson played with the Al Porcino Big Band in Berlin in the late 1970s and early 80s.


As leader

As sideman

With Curtis Counce

With Art Farmer

With Maynard Ferguson

With Chet Baker

With Stan Kenton

With Harold Land

With Rod Levitt

With Charles Mingus

With Buddy Rich


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