One of Sweden's finest trumpeters, Rolf Ericson played in the U.S. often enough to gain a strong reputation.
Born in Stockholm (August 29, 1922), he started on trumpet when he was eight and, after hearing Louis Armstrong touring Sweden in 1933, he switched to jazz. Ericson recorded in his country with Alice Babs and others starting in 1945, moved to New York in 1947, and played with Charlie Barnet (1949) and Woody Herman (1950). After returning to Sweden in 1950, he recorded as a leader and with Arne Domnérus and Leonard Feather's Swinging Swedes. He also toured and recorded with Charlie Parker.
Back in the U.S. during 1953-1956, Ericson 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.
During 1956-1965 in the U.S., Ericson was...