Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, admired within jazz circles but little known outside them, has received tangible recognition for his work as a player and a teacher. Belgrave left Ray Charles in the early 1960s ago to settle in Detroit. In today's Detroit Free Press
, Mark Stryker reports on the award and on Belgrave's contribution to the city's cultural life. Stryker writes:
For 46 years, Belgrave's world-class musicianship, charisma, swing and commitment to mentoring young musicians -- many of whom have become stars -- have made Detroit a hipper city than it would have been without him.
To read the whole thing and hear a Belgrave performance with Tommy Flanagan's trio, go here.
This video profile by Bret Primack supplements Stryker's column.
This story appears courtesy of Rifftides by Doug Ramsey.
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