Skip to comments.Great jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard dies at 70
Posted on 12/30/2008 11:34:49 AM PST by nickcarraway
Freddie Hubbard, the Grammy-winning jazz musician whose blazing virtuosity influenced a generation of trumpet players and who collaborated with such greats as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, died Monday, a month after suffering a heart attack. He was 70.
Hubbard died at Sherman Oaks Hospital, said his manager, fellow trumpeter David Weiss of the New Jazz Composers Octet. He had been hospitalized since suffering the heart attack a day before Thanksgiving.
A towering figure in jazz circles, Hubbard played on hundreds of recordings in a career dating to 1958, the year he arrived in New York from his hometown Indianapolis, where he had studied at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music and with the Indianapolis Symphony.
Soon he had hooked up with such jazz legends as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley and Coltrane.
"I met Trane at a jam session at Count Basie's in Harlem in 1958," he told the jazz magazine Down Beat in 1995. "He said, `Why don't you come over and let's try and practice a little bit together.' I almost went crazy. I mean, here is a 20-year-old kid practicing with John Coltrane. He helped me out a lot, and we worked several jobs together."
In his earliest recordings, which included "Open Sesame" and "Goin' Up" for Blue Note in 1960, the influence of Davis, Chet Baker and others on Hubbard is obvious, Weiss said. But within a couple years he would develop a style all his own, one that would influence generations of musicians, including Wynton Marsalis.
"He influenced all the trumpet players that came after him," Marsalis told The Associated Press earlier this year. "Certainly I listened to him a lot. ... We all listened to him.
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Great? Was he on Bubble Gum cards? How can you say someone is great if they’re not on Bubble Gum cards?
He also played on “Zanzibar” off of Billy Joel’s “52nd St.” album.
They used to call them album covers.
Sorry to hear about this loss to jazz music.
Maynard Ferguson, another great jazz trumpeter died a couple of years ago. It’s tough to see these greats leave us.
It was said after Maynard Ferguson passed away, that up in heaven it appears Gabriel will now have to play 2nd chair.
While I am more partial to Lee Morgan and Kenny Dorham, Freddy was awesome. He is the trumpet guy on Bill Evans’ 2 quintet records (the interplay sessions)
great stuff and a huge loss.
Eric Dolphy’s seminal recording Out to Lunch with Freddie , Bobby Hutcherson , Richard Davis and a young Tony Williams on drum a must-have .
Bummer...lost another good jazz-man. Thanks for the ping, Drumbo
Bill Evans is proof that God exists.
“Thanks” because now I know what to add to my Bill Evans collection. Kind of like shoes (I’m female) and money — you can’t have too much of it.
Yeah - Intelligent design...
And lot's of soul : )
I was into Mr Brown back in the day too!