Oscar Brashear

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Oscar Brashear (August 18, 1944 – July 7, 2023) was an American jazz trumpeter[1] and session musician from Chicago, Illinois.

After studying at DuSable High School and Wright Jr. College (currently known as Wilbur Wright College) under John DeRoule he worked briefly with Woody Herman before going on to join Count Basie in 1968–69, returning to freelance in Chicago with Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon and James Moody. Moving to Los Angeles in 1971, he worked with Gerald Wilson, Harold Land, Oliver Nelson, Shelly Manne, Quincy Jones (with whom he toured in Japan), Horace Silver and Duke Pearson.

Brashear recorded with Teddy Edwards, Jimmy Smith, Sonny Rollins, Benny Golson, Bobby Hutcherson, B. B. King, Bobby Bland, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Farrell, The Crusaders, McCoy Tyner, Gene Harris, Randy Newman, Frank Sinatra, Earth, Wind & Fire, Carole King, Benny Carter, Billy Higgins and Ry Cooder.

Brashear died on July 7, 2023, at the age of 78.[2]


With Nat Adderley

With Count Basie

With Regina Belle

With Bobby Bland and B. B. King

With Brass Fever

With Kenny Burrell

With Donald Byrd

With Ry Cooder

With The Crusaders

With Miles Davis

  • Dingo (Warner Bros., 1991)

With Neil Diamond

With Earth, Wind & Fire

With Teddy Edwards

With Joe Farrell

With Henry Franklin

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Benny Golson

With Eddie Harris

With Gene Harris

With Donny Hathaway

With Hampton Hawes

with Joe Henderson

With Billy Higgins

With Richard "Groove" Holmes

With Paul Horn

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Bobbi Humphrey

With Paul Humphrey Sextet

With Ahmad Jamal

With Rick James

With J. J. Johnson

With Karma

  • Celebration (Horizon/A&M, 1976)
  • For Everybody (Horizon/A&M, 1977)

With Carole King

With Harold Land

With Hubert Laws

With Ray Manzarek

With Carmen McRae

With Blue Mitchell

With Oliver Nelson

With Willie Nelson

With Randy Newman

With Bonnie Raitt

With Sonny Rollins

With Patrice Rushen

With Joe Sample

With Moacir Santos

With Lalo Schifrin

With Zoot Sims

With Horace Silver

With Frank Sinatra

With Gábor Szabó

With Stanley Turrentine

With James Taylor

With McCoy Tyner

With Was (Not Was)

With Gerald Wilson

With Valerie Carter


  1. ^ Feather, Leonard & Gitler, Ira The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz Oxford University Press: 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-532000-8, Google books
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Remembering Oscar Brashear". Jazz on the Tube. Retrieved 16 July 2023.

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