b. Rodney Charles Levitt, 16 Sept 1929, Portland, Oregon, USA. A normal trombone participant in studio room orchestras, Levitt initial attracted attention within the jazz globe through employment with Dizzy Gillespie, with whose big music group he performed in 1956. Aside from Gillespie, he also documented with big rings led by Ernie Wilkins, Sy Oliver and Gil Evans. In the first 60s, he documented with his very own octet including Costs Berry and Rolf Ericson but was frequently noticed on big music group sessions under market leaders such as for example Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson as well as the Chuck Israels’ Country wide Jazz Ensemble. Aside from his audio playing capability, Levitt can be a gifted arranger. (NB: Never to be baffled with the jazz guitarist of the same name).