Marcus Belgrave (born June 12, 1936) is a jazz trumpet player from Detroit, born in Chester, Pennsylvania. He has recorded with a variety of famous musicians, bandleaders, and record labels since the 1950s.
Belgrave was tutored by Clifford Brown before joining the Ray Charles touring band. He later worked with Gunther Schuller, Carl Craig, Max Roach, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, La Palabra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie and John Sinclair, amongst others.
Belgrave is a frequent faculty member at Stanford Jazz Workshop and is currently visiting professor of jazz trumpet at theOberlin Conservatory. Among Belgrave’s students are Rodney Whitaker, Kenny Garrett, Robert Hurst, Regina Carter,James Carter, Geri Allen, Karriem Riggins, Kasan Belgrave and Carlos McKinney.
- Gemini II (Tribe Records, 1974; reissued Universal Sound, 2004).
- Working together (Detroit Jazz), 1992 (featuring Lawrence Williams)
- Live at Kerrytown Concert House (Detroit Jazz), 1995
- In the tradition (GHB) (featuring Doc Cheatham and Art Hodes)
- You don’t know me – Tribute to New Orleans, Ray Charles and the Great Ladies of Song (DJMC), 2006
- Marcus, Charlie and Joan…Once again (DJMC), 2008
With Geri Allen
- Open on All Sides in the Middle (Minor Music, 1987)
- The Nurturer (Blue Note, 1991)
- Maroons (Blue Note, 1992)
- The Life of a Song (Telarc, 2004)
- Grand River Crossings (Motéma, 2013)
With George Gruntz
- Theatre (ECM, 1983)
With McCoy Tyner
- La Leyenda de La Hora (Columbia, 1985)
With B.B. King
- Let the Good Times Roll (1999)
With David Murray
- Black & Black (1991)
With Horace Tapscott
- Aiee! The Phantom (Arabesque, 1996)
With Joe Henderson
- Big Band (album) (Verve, 1997)
- They Came To Swing (live) (Sony,1994)
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