Hugh Ragin

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Hugh Ragin
Hugh Ragin at the 2017 Kongsberg Jazzfestival
Hugh Ragin at the 2017 Kongsberg Jazzfestival
Background information
BornHonolulu, Hawaii, United States
GenresJazz, avant-garde jazz
Years active1980s–present
LabelsJustin Time

Hugh Ragin is an American jazz trumpeter.


Ragin was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Houston, Texas, and began playing trumpet in his early teens, taking lessons in classical music, and was a member of the Houston All-City High School Orchestra. He received a degree in music education from the University of Houston and a degree in classical trumpet performance from Colorado State University. He continued his education in 1978 at the Creative Music Studio with Roscoe Mitchell. One year later he performed with Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, and the Creative Orchestra at the Moers Festival in Germany. He then toured with Anthony Braxton. During the early 1980s he toured with jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. He began an association with David Murray, becoming a member of Murray's band in the 1980s.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • Metaphysical Question (Cecma, 1989)
  • Gallery (CIMP, 1998)
  • An Afternoon in Harlem (Justin Time, 1999)
  • Fanfare & Fiesta (Justin Time, 2001)
  • Back to Saturn (Black Saint, 2001)
  • Feel the Sunshine (Justin Time, 2002)
  • Sound Pictures for Solo Trumpet (Hopscotch, 2002)
  • Revelation (Justin Time, 2004)

As sideman[edit]

With Anthony Braxton

With John Lindberg

With Roscoe Mitchell

With David Murray

With RACCA trio

With SeFa LoCo

With Fred Wesley:

•Comme ci comme ça (1991)[1]

•Swing and be funky (1993)[2]


  1. ^ Kelsey, Chris. "Hugh Ragin". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  2. ^ "The Art Ensemble Of Chicago". Discogs. 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  3. ^ "The Art Ensemble of Chicago". AKAMU SAS di Lofoco Alberto. 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-21.