Milton ?Shorty? Rogers (April 14, 1924?November 7, 1994), born Milton Rajonsky in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, was one of the principal creators of West Coast jazz. He played both the trumpet and flugelhorn, and was in demand for his skills as an arranger. Rogers worked first as a professional musician with Will Bradley and Red Norvo. From 1947 to 1949, he worked extensively with Woody Herman and in 1950 and 1951 he played with Stan Kenton.
Shorty Rogers eventually became better known for his skills as a composer and arranger than as a trumpeter, having composed the music for UPA's Mr. Magoo cartoon Hotsy Footsy and the Looney Tune Three Little Bops. Rogers appeared on the 1954 Shelly Manne album The Three and the Two along with Jimmy Giuffre. Much of the music he recorded with Giuffre showed his experimental side, resulting in an early form of Avant-garde jazz. He also made notable recordings with Art Pepper and Andre Previn, among others.