From a reader of JAZZHOPE:

“This was a fantastic player, a white musician, but he played like a cross between Oscar Brashear and Booker Little. I sat in with him recently, since the first of the year. I knew he'd been ill, but I thought he was on the comeback trail. I don't know if you are familiar with him, but this is quite a loss!!”





May 10, 2003

Jerome Rusch, 59; Jazz Trumpeter, Composer and Recording Artist

From Staff and Wire Reports

Jerome A. "Jerry" Rusch, 59, a Los Angeles-based jazz trumpeter, composer and recording artist, died Monday of liver cancer at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

Rusch played or recorded with Louie Belson, Ray Charles, Teddy Edwards, Joe Henderson, Stan Kenton, Gladys Knight, the Rolling Stones, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, the Temptations, Gerald Wilson Big Band and many others.

A native of St. Paul, Minn., he attended the University of Minnesota and served in the Army Reserve.

In 1966, Rusch moved to Los Angeles, where he was a studio musician, played with many bands and composed songs, including a Billboard top singles hit, "Like They Say in L.A."

In the early 1980s, he worked in Europe with the Joe Haider Jazz Orchestra and other groups.

Rusch made five albums: "Rush Hour," "Native L.A.," "Back Tracks," "Bright Moments" and "Zing."