Barron W. "Barry" Rogers (May 22, 1935 – April 18, 1991) was an American jazz and salsa trombonist.

Barry Rogers
Background information
Birth nameBarron W. Rogers
Born(1935-05-22)May 22, 1935
New York City, US
DiedApril 18, 1991(1991-04-18) (aged 55)
New York City, US
GenresJazz, pop, salsa

Career edit

Born in The Bronx, he descended from Polish Jews and was raised in Spanish Harlem. His family (original name: Rogenstein) possessed a strong musicality. His father and several of his uncles sang in the choir of Joseph Rosenblatt, and his mother taught in Africa and Mexico, inspiring an interest in music from other nations. Mambo and jazz popular in his neighbourhood.

As a student of the playing of jazz trombonists Jack Teagarden, Lawrence Brown, and J. C. Higginbotham, Rogers began to play Latin music in the mid-1950s and would be most associated with it from then on. He developed his style while working with Eddie Palmieri.[1] Willie Colón regarded Rogers as his strongest musical influence and would feature him in many of his productions. Bobby Valentín would feature Rogers in his song "El Jíbaro y la Naturaleza", which led Marvin Santiago to nickname him "El Terror de los Trombones" for the record.

Rogers worked with Israel "Cachao" López, Machito, Manny Oquendo, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Cheo Feliciano, Johnny Pacheco, Chino Rodríguez, and the Fania All-Stars. Although known as a salsa trombonist and studio musician, he worked with jazz, soul, and pop musicians. He was a founding member of the band Dreams with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, and Billy Cobham. He also worked with George Benson, David Byrne, Ron Carter, Aretha Franklin, Don Grolnick, Bob James, Elton John, Chaka Khan, Bob Moses, Todd Rundgren, Carly Simon, Spyro Gyra, James Taylor, and Grover Washington Jr. The father of trumpeter Chris Rogers, Barry Rogers died suddenly in Washington Heights, Manhattan at the age of 55.

Discography edit

Note: he is credited as "Barry Rodgers" on several records.

With Average White Band

  • Soul Searching (Atlantic, 1976)
  • Benny and Us (Atlantic, 1977)
  • Warmer Communications (Atlantic, 1978)

With Fania All-Stars

  • Live at the Red Garter Vol. 1 (Fania, 1968)
  • Live at the Cheetah Vol. 2 (Fania, 1972)
  • Latin-Soul-Rock (Fania, 1974)
  • Live at Yankee Stadium Vol. 1 (Fania, 1975)
  • Live at Yankee Stadium Vol. 2 (Fania, 1975)
  • Tribute to Tito Rodriguez (Fania, 1976)
  • Rhythm Machine (Columbia, 1977)
  • Live (Fania, 1978)

With Jun Fukamachi

  • Spiral Steps (Kitty, 1976)
  • Triangle Session (Kitty, 1977)
  • Evening Star (Kitty, 1978)
  • On the Move (Alfa, 1978)

With Chaka Khan

  • Chaka (Warner Bros., 1978)
  • Naughty (Warner Bros., 1980)
  • What Cha' Gonna Do for Me (Warner Bros., 1981) as Rodgers
  • Chaka Khan (Warner Bros., 1982)

With Herbie Mann

  • Discotheque (Atlantic, 1975)
  • Sunbelt (Atlantic, 1978)
  • Brazil Once Again (Atlantic, 1978)

With Eddie Palmieri

  • Eddie Palmieri and His Conjunto La Perfecta (Alegre, 1962)
  • Echando Pa'lante (Tico, 1964)
  • Lo Que Traigo Es Sabroso (Alegre, 1964)
  • Mambo Con Conga Is Mozambique (Tico, 1966)
  • Molasses (Tico, 1967)
  • Champagne (Tico, 1968)
  • Salsa-Jazz-Descarga (Coco, 1978)
  • Sentido (Mango 1973)
  • The Sun of Latin Music (Coco, 1974)
  • Unfinished Masterpiece (Coco, 1975)

With Esther Phillips

  • What a Diff'rence a Day Makes (Kudu, 1975)
  • For All We Know (Kudu, 1976)
  • Capricorn Princess (Kudu, 1976)

With Ismael Quintana

  • Ismael Quintana (Vaya, 1974)
  • Lo Que Estoy Viviendo (Vaya, 1976)
  • Amor Vida y Sentimiento (Vaya, 1977)

With Todd Rundgren

  • Something/Anything? (Bearsville, 1972)
  • A Wizard, A True Star (Bearsville, 1973)
  • Todd (Bearsville, 1974)

With Lonnie Smith

  • Keep On Lovin (Groove Merchant, 1976)
  • Funk Reaction (LRC, 1977)
  • Afrodesia (LRC, 1996)

With James Taylor

  • One Man Dog (Warner Bros., 1972)
  • Walking Man (Warner Bros., 1974)
  • That's Why I'm Here (Columbia, 1985)

With Bobby Valentin

  • Va a La Carcel Vol. 1 (Bronco, 1975)
  • Va a La Carcel Vol. 2 (Bronco, 1975)
  • Afuera (Bronco, 1976)

With others

References edit

  1. ^ [1] Archived 2006-10-28 at the Wayback Machine

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