Marcus Belgrave

May 5, 1999 at 12:00 am
A true musical Renaissance man, there isn't much trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, recording artist and producer Marcus Belgrave can't boast is on his curriculum vitae. He is the co-founder of the Jazz Studies Program at the Detroit Metro Arts Complex and the Jazz Development Workshop in Detroit. His career as a player has intersected with an unparalleled variety of musicians across musical generations including Ray Charles (extensively in collaboration), Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Eric Dolphy, Aretha Franklin and Wynton Marsalis. As a mentor (and performer), he has recorded, played with and advised pianist Geri Allen, alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, bassist Bob Hurst and percussionist/composer Lawrence Williams. The collective impact of Belgrave's mind, music and vision is felt across the spectrum of identities for which he has become rightfully recognized both within and without the jazz community.