Since his life was prominently featured in Clint Eastwood's film "Bird", trumpet player Red Rodney has been the subject of a kind of a renaissance. The timing of the film’s release was particularly auspicious for him, because his playing, too, is on the rebound. After years of semi-activity due to the physical and emotional complications arising from his involvement with narcotics, Red Rodney is back, leading a series of fiery bands and introducing several new young players to the jazz community. Today, acting as a kind of father figure to the current generation, Red's attitude and appearance belies his rocky past. He remains almost boyish and, one feels, as enthusiastic about the music and his future as he probably was 40 years ago, when he first met Charlie Parker and decided that the road he would travel was named "bebop."