Skip to comments.Famed Detroit Jazz Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave Dies at 78
Posted on 05/24/2015 5:39:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, died Sunday. He was 78.
Belgrave died at an Ann Arbor care facility and the cause of death was heart failure, said Hazelette Crosby-Robinson, a cousin of Belgrave's wife Joan.
Belgrave remained active on the Detroit and international jazz scenes up until his death. Born into a family of musicians in Chester, Pennsylvania, he started playing professionally at 12 and joined The Ray Charles Band in the late 1950s what he once described as "the beginning of my musical life."
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My home town, Chester, PA. I was in the Chester High Band and played along side of his brother. All of the brothers, had the talent for the brass section.
Rest in peace Mr. Belgrave.
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