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Uan Rasey Trumpet player in 'Chinatown' and other films

Published: 2011-10-05
Uan Rasey Uan Rasey, 90, a first-call trumpet player for MGM and other studio orchestras best known for his evocative solo in Roman Polanski's 1974 film “Chinatown," died Sept. 26 at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, said his grandson Tristan Verstraeten. The Studio City resident hadheart problems.

Besides soloing in composerJerry Goldsmith's Oscar-nominated score for “Chinatown," Rasey played trumpet for many other film soundtracks, including “An American in Paris," “Ben-Hur," “Bye Bye Birdie," “Cleopatra," “Gigi," “How the West Was Won," “My Fair Lady," “Singin' in the Rain," “Spartacus" and “West Side Story."

He also played on scores for television and radio and in live orchestras throughout Los Angeles.

Uan (pronounced You-on) Rasey was born in Glasgow, Mont., in 1921 and taught himself to play the trumpet as a child. He moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1937. Rasey contracted polio as a child and spent his career playing trumpet while using crutches.

In recent years, he had instructed high-profile horn players Arturo Sandoval, Jack Sheldon and others.


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