Marcus Belgrave - Detroit's Master Trumpeter and Mentor




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Published on Jun 20, 2009

http://www.marcusbelgrave.net presents the flugelhorn of Marcus Belgrave, at a Mother's Day Brunch at Bert's Historic Eastern Market in Detroit. on May 10, 2009, with Gayelynn McKinney on drums, Marion Hayden on bass, Bill Meyer on keyboards and Charlie Gabriel on tenor.

Detroit's legendary master jazz trumpeter was born in Chester, PA. He is best known for his longtime association in playing with Ray Charles. More recently, at the request of Wynton Marsalis, and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he represented Detroit as part of the Lincoln Center Motor City Jazz Masters tribute which Included Yusef Lateef, Curtis Fuller, Charles McPherson, and Ron Carter.

A true musical Renaissance man, there isnt much trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, recording
artist and producer, Marcus Belgrave cant boast is on his curriculum vitae. He is a professor of music at Oberlin University, in Oberlin Ohio, is the co-founder of the Jazz Studies Program at The Detroit Metro Arts Complex and the Jazz Development Workshop in Detroit.

His career as a player has intersected with an unparalleled variety of musicians across several musical generations including Ray Charles, with whom he collaborate extensively, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Eric Dolphy, Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis and Joe Henderson.

He has mentored and recorded with pianist Geri Allen, bassist Bob Hurst alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, and percussionist/composer Lawrence Williams. This list of musicians only scratches the surface of his many musical collaborations.

The collective impact of Belgraves mind, music and vision is felt across the spectrum of identities for which he has become rightfully recognized both within and outside of the jazz community. His tribute to Louis Armstrong is unparalleled and is enthusiastically received by audiences all over the globe.

Marcus is featured in the video series, "Ray Charles, Genius."


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