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Marcus Belgrave, jazz trumpeter, dies at age of 78

Marcus BelgraveMarcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who graced stages and studios with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and Motown artists galore, has died. He was 78.

Belgrave came to Detroit in 1962 and became a studio musician for Motown Records, playing on hits including My Girl and Dancing in the Street.

Hazelette Crosby-Robinson, a cousin of Belgrave’s wife Joan Belgrave, said the musician died on Sunday at an Ann Arbor care facility. The cause of death was heart failure.

Belgrave remained active on the Detroit and international jazz scenes up until his death. He started playing professionally at 12 and joined the Ray Charles Band in the late 1950s.

Source: The Guardian (UK)

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