Marcus Belgrave Presents

Marcus Belgrave Presents


Marcus Belgrave, Detroit's legendary trumpeter, presents a tribute to New Orleans, Ray Charles, and the Great Ladies of Song. Encompassing every genre of jazz from Swing to BeBop, and extending into contemporary times, this band's pristine musicianship and charasmatic presentation are a real treat.


Detroit’s legendary master jazz trumpeter was born in Chester, PA. He is best known for his
longtime association in playing with Ray Charles. More recently, at the request of Wynton Marsalis, and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he represented Detroit as part of the Lincoln Center Motor City Jazz Masters tribute which Included Yusef Lateef, Curtis Fuller, Charles McPherson, and Ron Carter.

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 a professor of music at Oberlin University, in Oberlin Ohio, 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 musical generations including Ray Charles, with whom he collaborated
extensively, including Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Eric Dolphy, Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis and Joe Henderson. He has mentored and recorded with
pianist Geri Allen, bassist Bob Hurst alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, and percussionist/composer Lawrence Williams. This list of musicians only scratches the surface of his many musical associations.

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 outside of the jazz community. His tribute to Louis Armstrong is unparalleled and enthusiastically received by audiences across the globe.

Set List

A typical set might range in offerings from swing to bebop styles of jazz and contemporary music paying homage to the diversity and styles of New Orleans, Ray Charles and the Great Ladies of Song.
Single set length will generally not exceed one hour.

Please note representative sampling below:

Tailgate Ramble
Let the Good Times Roll
You Can't Lose a Broken Heart
Unchain My Heart
Cheek to Cheek
The Mooche
You Don't Know Me
Hello Dolly
When the Saints Go Marching In
Sweet Georgia Brown