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Marcus Belgrave

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Marcus Belgrave
Background information
Birth nameMarcus Batista Belgrave
Born(1936-06-12)June 12, 1936
Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
DiedMay 23, 2015(2015-05-23) (aged 78)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
LabelsDetroit jazz musicians co-op

Marcus Batista Belgrave (June 12, 1936 – May 24, 2015)[1][2] was an American jazz trumpet player from Detroit, born in Chester, Pennsylvania. He recorded with numerous musicians from the 1950s onwards.[3] Belgrave was inducted into the class of 2017 of the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in Detroit, Michigan.


Belgrave was tutored by Clifford Brown before joining the Ray Charles touring band. Belgrave 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[4] and John Sinclair, plus more recently with his wife Joan Belgrave, among 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 23, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, of heart failure, after being hospitalized since April with complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.[1][2][5]


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 Roland Alexander

With Geri Allen

With Curtis Amy

With Joan Belgrave

With Hank Crawford

With George Gruntz

With Joe Henderson

With B.B. King

With Kirk Lightsey

With David Murray

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Cecil Payne

With Houston Person

With Horace Tapscott

With McCoy Tyner

With Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra


  1. ^ a b Susan Whitall (May 24, 2015). "Detroit jazz icon Marcus Belgrave die". The Detroit News. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Ben Ratliff (May 26, 2015). "Marcus Belgrave, Trumpeter and Mentor in Detroit's Jazz Scene, Dies at 78". The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Marcus Belgrave". Biography. AllMusic.com. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  4. ^ Matt Collar. "The Easy Life - Odessa Harris | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  5. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff (May 24, 2015). "Detroit Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave Dies at 78". JazzTimes. Retrieved May 24, 2015.

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