Marcus Belgrave

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Marcus Belgrave
Born (1936-06-12)June 12, 1936
Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Died May 24, 2015(2015-05-24) (aged 78)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Genres Jazz
Instruments Trumpet

Marcus Belgrave (June 12, 1936 – May 24, 2015) was a jazz trumpet player from Detroit, born in Chester, Pennsylvania. He recorded with numerous musicians from the 1950s onwards.[1]


Belgrave was tutored by Clifford Brown before joining the Ray Charles touring band. He later worked with Gunther Schuller, Carl Craig, Max Roach, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, La Palabra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie and John Sinclair, amongst others.

Belgrave was a frequent faculty member at Stanford Jazz Workshop and a visiting professor of jazz trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory. Among Belgrave's students were Rodney Whitaker, Kenny Garrett, Robert Hurst, Regina Carter, James Carter, Geri Allen, Karriem Riggins, Kasan Belgrave and Carlos McKinney.

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.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • 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
  • Marcus, Charlie and Joan...Once again (DJMC), 2008

As sideman[edit]

With Geri Allen

With George Gruntz

With McCoy Tyner

With B.B. King

With David Murray

With Horace Tapscott

With Joe Henderson

With Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Marcus Belgrave". Biography. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  2. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff (2015-05-24). "Detroit Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave Dies at 78". JazzTimes. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 

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