Rudd in 2006
Background information Roswell Hopkins Rudd Jr. Born 17 November 1935 Sharon, Connecticut, U.S. Died 21 December 2017 (aged 82) Kerhonkson, New York, U.S. Genres Avant-garde jazz, free jazz Musician, composer, educator Instruments Trombone 1957-2017 Labels Columbia, Sunnyside, Universal, DIW, Verve Eli's Chosen Six, New York Art Quartet, Archie Shepp, Thelonious Monk Website www .roswellrudd .com Roswell Hopkins Rudd Jr. (November 17, 1935 - December 21, 2017) was an American jazz trombonist and composer.
Although skilled in a variety of genres of jazz (including
Dixieland, which he performed while in college), and other genres of music, he was known primarily for his work in free and avant-garde jazz. Beginning in 1962 Rudd worked extensively with saxophonist Archie Shepp. 
Rudd was born in
Sharon, Connecticut on November 17, 1935. He attended the  Hotchkiss School and graduated from Yale University, where he played with Eli's Chosen Six, a dixieland band of students that Rudd joined in the mid-1950s. The sextet played the boisterous trad jazz style of the day, and recorded two albums, including one for Columbia Records. His collaborations with Shepp, Cecil Taylor, John Tchicai, and Steve Lacy grew out of the lessons learned while playing rags and stomps for drunken college kids in Connecticut. Rudd later taught  ethnomusicology at Bard College and the University of Maine. 
On and off, for a period of three decades, he assisted
Alan Lomax with his world music song style ( Cantometrics) and Global Jukebox projects.  
In the 1960s, Rudd participated in
free jazz recordings such as the New York Art Quartet; the soundtrack for the 1964 movie ; the album New York Eye and Ear Control by the Communications Jazz Composer's Orchestra; and in collaborations with Don Cherry, Larry Coryell, Pharoah Sanders, and Gato Barbieri. Rudd had lifelong friendships with saxophonists Shepp and Lacy, and performed and recorded the music of Thelonious Monk with Lacy. 
Rudd and his producer and partner
Verna Gillis went to Mali in 2000 and 2001. His album MALIcool (2001), a cross-cultural collaboration with kora player Toumani Diabaté and other Malian musicians, represented the first time the trombone had been featured in a recording of Malian traditional music. 
In 2004, Rudd brought his Trombone Shout Band to perform at the 4th
Festival au Désert in Essakane, Tombouctou Region, Mali. In 2005, he extended his reach further, recording an album with the Mongolian Buryat Band, a traditional music group of musicians from Mongolia and Buryatia, entitled . He also conducted master classes and workshops both in the United States and around the world. Blue Mongol 
Rudd died of prostate cancer on December 21, 2017, at home in
Kerhonkson, New York. His archives were donated to the  Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 
On June 25, 2019,
listed Roswell Rudd among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the The New York Times Magazine 2008 Universal fire. 
Awards and honors
As sideman 1957
Eli's Chosen 6, Yale University Dixieland Band (Columbia) 1961
, Buell Neidlinger, Cecil Taylor ( New York City R&B Mosaic) 1962
, Gil Evans/Cecil Taylor (Impulse) Into the Hot 1963
School Days, Steve Lacy, Dennis Charles, Henry Grimes ( Hathut) 1964
, with Archie Shepp (Impulse) Four for Trane 1964
, John Tchicai, Milford Graves ( New York Art Quartet ESP-Disk) 1966
Until, with Robin Kenyatta (Atlantic) 1966
, with Archie Shepp (Impulse) Archie Shepp Live in San Francisco 1966
, with Archie Shepp (Impulse) Mama Too Tight 1966
, Don Cherry, Albert Ayler, John Tchicai and Gary Peacock (ESP-Disk) New York Eye and Ear Control 1967
Live at Donaueschingen ( SABA) 1968
The Jazz Composer's Orchestra, Michael Mantler ( JCOA) 1969
, The Third World Gato Barbieri ( Flying Dutchman) 1971
, Carla Bley ( Escalator over the Hill JCOA) 1971
, Charlie Haden (Impulse) Liberation Music Orchestra 1972
Roswell Rudd, New York Art Quartet (America) 1974
Village on the Left, Marcello Melis and Don Moye ( Soul Note) 1975
, Steve Lacy, Beaver Harris, Kent Carter (Soul Note) Trickles 1976
Maine (Bvhaast) 1976
, with Carla Bley (Watt) Dinner Music 1977
The New Village on the Left, with Marcello Melis and Enrico Rava, Don Moye, Gruppo Rubanu ( Black Saint) 1977
, with Carla Bley (Watt) European Tour 1977 1978
, Enrico Rava, J.F. JennyClarke and Enrico Rava Quartet Aldo Romano (ECM) 1979
Divine Song, with Sangeeta Michael Berardi, Rashied Ali, Eddie Gomez, Archie Shepp 1979
Sharing, Giorgio Gaslini (Discgidella Quercia) 1979
with Carla Bley (Watt) Musique Mecanique 1981
Interpretations of Monk, 1984
That's the Way I Feel Now: A tribute to Thelonius Monk, produced by Hal Willner (A&M) 1992
Darn it, with Paul Haines (American Clave) 1994
Dark Was the Night, with Allen Lowe 1995
Wild Weekend, NRBQ and Terry Adams ( Virgin) 1995
Woyzeck's Death, with Allen Lowe ( Enja) 1996
Bladik, Keith Tippett et al. ( Cuneiform) 1996
Rumors of an Incident, with Elton Dean (Slam) 1996
Terrible, NRBQ and Terry Adams ( New World) 1997
Newsense, with Elton Dean (Slam) 2002
Seize the Time, Nexus Orchestra (Splasch) 2003
, Dime Grind Palace ( Sex Mob Ropeadope) 2006
The Harry Smith Project, one track with Sonic Youth ( Shout! Factory) 2008 Concertos, Michael Mantler (ECM)
Archie Shepp Discography, jazzdisco.org; accessed December 22, 2017.
^ a b
Russonello, Giovanni (December 26, 2017). "Roswell Rudd, 82, Trombonist with a Wide-Open Approach, Is Dead". The New York Times.
Profile Archived 2007-06-22 at the Wayback Machine, Jazztimes.com; accessed December 22, 2017.
"Bard Press Release: JAZZ AT BARD PRESENTS THE ROSWELL RUDD QUARTET IN CONCERT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 22", bard.edu, February 18, 2003; accessed December 22, 2017.
^ Alan Lomax, Roswell Rudd, and Victor Grauer.
"Cantometrics: an approach to the anthropology of music", Berkeley, Calif.: University of California, Extension Media Center, 1976.
"The Global Jukebox", Association for Cultural Equity; accessed December 22, 2017.
^ Peter Stone.
"Roswell Rudd". Association for Cultural Equity; accessed December 22, 2017.
^ Kelefa Sanneh (February 18, 2004).
"WORLD MUSIC REVIEW; When Cultures' Sounds Don't Match, but Echo", The New York Times; accessed December 22, 2017.
"Mitteleuropean Jazz Academy Roswell Rudd Master Class Meran/o (I)", via YouTube; accessed December 22, 2017.
"What's News". . No. 200. December 2018. p. 5. The New York City Jazz Record
Rosen, Jody (25 June 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times . Retrieved 2019.
Jazz Journalists Association, Jazz Awards -- 2003; accessed December 22, 2017.
Jazz Journalists Association Eighth Annual Jazz Awards - Winners; accessed December 22, 2017.
Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards 2005; accessed December 22, 2017.
Profile: TheJazzmandel; accessed December 22, 2017.
JJA Jazz Awards: 2010 Winners, jazzhouse.org; accessed December 22, 2017.
Roswell Rudd's Trombone Tribe 75th Birthday Party, JazzCorner; accessed December 22, 2017.