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Marcus Belgrave

Marcus Belgrave Is An Unsung Jazz Hero, just ask any musician from Detroit

Marcus Belgrave (born June 12, 1936) is a jazz trumpet player fromDetroit, born in Chester, Pennsylvania. He has recorded with a variety of famous musicians, bandleaders, and record labels since the 1950s.


Notable among them are: Ray CharlesCharles MingusGunther SchullerMotown RecordsTribe RecordsBlue Note RecordsA. Spencer Barefield, The Lincoln Center Jazz OrchestraRodney Whitaker, and Carl Craig. He has performed withRay CharlesMax RoachElla FitzgeraldCharles MingusTony BennettLa PalabraSammy Davis Jr.Dizzy Gillespie and John Sinclair, amongst others.

Belgrave has a reputation for cultivating young jazz talent. Some examples are:Rodney WhitakerKenny GarrettRegina CarterJames CarterGeri AllenBob HurstKarriem Riggins, and Carlos McKinney.

A popular clinician and instructor, Belgrave is a frequent faculty member atStanford Jazz Workshop and is currently visiting professor of jazz trumpet at theOberlin Conservatory.

In 2006 he spent one week in the summer program taking place in University of California Berkeley called the Young Musicians Program (YMP) helping out student with coaching and private lessons.

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