Marcus Belgrave

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Marcus Belgrave
Birth name Marcus Batista Belgrave
Born (1936-06-12)June 12, 1936
Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died May 24, 2015(2015-05-24) (aged 78)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet
Labels Detroit jazz musicians co-op
Associated acts Motown, Ray Charles, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Joan Belgrave
Notable instruments
trumpet; trombone

Marcus Batista 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 Motown Records, and recorded with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and more. Gunther Schuller, Carl Craig, Max Roach, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, La Palabra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie and John Sinclair, most 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.[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 (featuring Joan Belgrave & Charlie Gabriel)
  • Marcus, Charlie and Joan...Once again (DJMC), 2008

As sideman[edit]

With Geri Allen

With Joan Belgrave

With Hank Crawford

With George Gruntz

With Joe Henderson

With B.B. King

With David Murray

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Horace Tapscott

With McCoy Tyner

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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