Marcus Belgrave

Birth name Marcus Batista Belgrave
Born June 12, 1936
Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States

Died May 23, 2015 (aged 78)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet

Belgrave was tutored by Clifford Brown before joining the Ray Charles touring band. He later worked with Motown Records, and recorded with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gunther Schuller, Carl Craig, Max Roach, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, La Palabra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Odessa Harris and John Sinclair, plus more recently with his wife Joan Belgrave, amongst others.

Belgrave was an occasional faculty member at Stanford Jazz Workshop and a visiting professor of jazz trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory.

Belgrave died on May 24,2015, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, of heart failure, after being hospitalized since April with complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.


As leader

Gemini II (Tribe Records, 1974; reissued Universal Sound, 2004).
Working together (Detroit Jazz), 1992 (featuring Lawrence Williams)
Live at Kerrytown Concert House (Detroit Jazz), 1995
In the tradition (GHB) (featuring Doc Cheatham and Art Hodes)
You don’t know me – Tribute to New Orleans, Ray Charles and the Great Ladies of Song (DJMC), 2006 (featuring Joan Belgrave & Charlie Gabriel)
Marcus, Charlie and Joan…Once again (DJMC), 2008

As sideman

With Geri Allen

Open on All Sides in the Middle (Minor Music, 1987)
The Nurturer (Blue Note, 1991)
Maroons (Blue Note, 1992)
The Life of a Song (Telarc, 2004)
Grand River Crossings (Motéma, 2013)
With Curtis Amy

Way Down (Pacific Jazz, 1962)
With Joan Belgrave

Excitable (Detroit Jazz Musicians Co-Op, 2009)
Merry Christmas Baby (Detroit Jazz Musicians Co-Op, 2014)
With Hank Crawford

Dig These Blues (Atlantic, 1966)
With George Gruntz

Theatre (ECM, 1983)
With Joe Henderson

Big Band (Verve, 1997)
With B.B. King

Let the Good Times Roll (1999)
With David Murray

Black & Black (1991)
With David “Fathead” Newman

Fathead Comes On (Atlantic, 1962)
With Horace Tapscott

Aiee! The Phantom (Arabesque, 1996)
With McCoy Tyner

La Leyenda de La Hora (Columbia, 1985)
With Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

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