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Marcus Belgrave

Born: June 12, 1936    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Marcus Belgrave

Marcus Belgrave has been an internationally recognized jazz trumpet great for forty years. Bursting into prominence as a teenaged sensation in The Ray Charles Orchestra. Marcus also delivered the soulful horn that helped to define the legendary “Motown Sound”. Chosen by Wyton Marsalis for the original Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he continues to tour and record around the world while appearing on television...
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Marcus Belgrave is a modernist with a deep love of earlier jazz history, and in recent years he has concentrated on celebrating the more entertaining aspects of the tradition. His Armstrong tribute band has been particularly successful, and in the same manner he has now releasedMarcus Belgrave Presents A Tribute to New Orleans, Ray Charles and the Great Ladies of Song Featuring Joan Bow and Charlie Gabriel (Detroit Jazz Musicians Co-Op, POB 36426, Grosse Point, MI 48236). All the above-mentioned sing, Belgrave demonstrates that his trumpet playing is as majestic as ever, and Gabriel shines on tenor sax and clarinet. They are backed by Bill Meyer (piano), Marion Hayden (bass), Gayelynn McKinney (drums), Cassius Richmond (alto sax), as well as three trombonists: Phil Ranelin, Keith Dewitt, and Steve Hunter. More...
Piotr Michalowski - Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association (SEMJA)

“Belgrave was as entertaining a showman as Armstrong himself ... darned if he sound just like Satchmo”
The Grand Rapids Press

“Marcus Belgrave brings Satchmo to life ... he’s considered among the finest jazz musicians in the world”
The Traverse City Eagle-Record

“Joyously putting his own spin on Pop’s greatest hits ... referencing classic original trumpet solos with enough sincerity and surprising turns that the music comes off fresh”
The Detroit Free Press

Marcus Belgrave / Charlie Gabriel / Joan Belgrave, Marcus, Charlie & Joan...Once Again (Detroit Jazzians Coop, 2009)
Marcus Belgrave, Tribute to Louis Armstrong (WJS, 2008)
Marcus Belgrave / Eddie Henderson / Javon Jackson / Ron Carter, Hub Art: A Celebration of the Music of Freddie Hubbard (Hip Bop, 1996)
Marcus Belgrave, Live at Kerrytown Concert House (Detroit Jazzians Coop / DJM Records, 1995)
Marcus Belgrave, Working Together (DJMC, 1992)
Marcus Belgrave, Gemini II (DJMC, 1975)
Marcus Belgrave, Gemini (Soul Jazz, 1974)
Ray Charles, The Genius of Ray Charles (Atlantic, 1959)

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