Hugh Ragin

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Hugh Ragin
Hugh Ragin Kongsberg Jazzfestival 2017 (000442).jpg
Hugh Ragin at the 2017 Kongsberg Jazzfestival
Background information
Born U.S.
Genres Jazz, avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1980s–present
Labels Justin Time
Associated acts Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray

Hugh Ragin is an American jazz trumpeter.


Ragin was raised in Houston, Texas, and began playing trumpet in his early teens, taking lessons in classical music. As a member of the Houston All-City High School Orchestra he performed in England. 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


  1. ^ Kelsey, Chris. "Hugh Ragin". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 January 2018.