Freddie Hubbard, born 74 years ago today, was considered the most brilliant trumpeter of his generation. The jazz great played with John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Eric Dolphy… even Billy Joel. Anyone who needed a fantastic trumpeter knew who to call.
Freddie Hubbard, 1976 (Wikimedia Commons/Tom Marcello)
Hubbard was an ardent supporter of the Jazz Foundation of America. The organization helps lift up jazz and blues musicians in need, providing them with emergency funds for expenses – healthcare, daily living, whatever is needed – as well as connecting them with performance opportunities. In a profession where passion and skill don't always pay the bills, it's a hugely important organization. Hubbard himself turned to them when he was suffering from congestive heart failure and couldn't work.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, the perfect time to support an organization that mattered to a jazz legend like Freddie Hubbard. Oh, and it's also a perfect time to listen to Hubbard do his thing. Here he is with Art Blakey and the All Star Jazz Messengers.
Written by Linnea Crowther