born on 7/4/1938 in Indianapolis, IN, United States
died on 29/12/2008 in Los Angeles, CA, United States
Frederick Dewayne Hubbard (April 7, 1938 – December 29, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop, and post-bop styles from the early 1960s onwards. His unmistakable and influential tone contributed to new perspectives for modern jazz and bebop.
Hubbard started playing the mellophone and trumpet in his school band at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Trumpeter Lee Katzman, former sideman with Stan Kenton, recommended that he begin studying at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music (now the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University) with Max Woodbury, the principal trumpeter of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In his teens Hubbard worked locally with brothers Wes and Monk Montgomery and worked with bassist Larry Ridley and saxophonist James Spaulding. In 1958, at the age of 20, he moved to New York, and began playing with some of the best jazz players of the era, including Philly Joe Jones, Sonny Rollins, Slide Hampton, Eric Dolphy, J. J. Johnson, and Quincy Jones. On 19 June 1960 Hubbard made his first record as a leader, Open Sesame at the beginning of his contract with Blue Note Records, with saxophonist Tina Brooks, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Clifford Jarvis. Six days later he returned the favor to Brooks, and recorded with him on True Blue.
Then in May 1961, Hubbard played on Olé Coltrane, John Coltrane's final recording session for Atlantic Records. Together with Eric Dolphy, Hubbard was the only sideman who appeared on both Olé and Africa/Brass, Coltrane's first album with Impulse!. Later, in August 1961, Hubbard recorded Ready for Freddie (Blue Note), which was also his first collaboration with saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Hubbard joined Shorter later in 1961 when he replaced Lee Morgan in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He played on several Blakey recordings, including Caravan, Ugetsu, Mosaic, and Free For All. In all, during the 1960s, he recorded eight studio albums as a bandleader for Blue Note, and more than two dozen as a sideman. Hubbard remained with Blakey until 1966, leaving to form the first of several small groups of his own, which featured, among others, his Blue note associate James Spaulding, pianist Kenny Barron and drummer Louis Hayes. This group recorded for Atlantic.
It was during this time that he began to develop his own sound, distancing himself from the early influences of Clifford Brown and Morgan, and won the Downbeat jazz magazine "New Star" award on trumpet.
Throughout the 1960s Hubbard played as a sideman on some of the most important albums from that era, including Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth, Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch!, Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage, and Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil. Hubbard was described as "the most brilliant trumpeter of a generation of musicians who stand with one foot in 'tonal' jazz and the other in the atonal camp". Though he never fully embraced the free jazz of the 1960s, he appeared on two of its landmark albums: Coleman's Free Jazz and Coltrane's Ascension, as well as on Sonny Rollins' 1966 "New Thing" track "East Broadway Run Down" with Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison.
Hubbard achieved his greatest popular success in the 1970s with a series of albums for Creed Taylor and his record label CTI Records, overshadowing Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws, and George Benson. Although his early 1970s jazz albums Red Clay, First Light, Straight Life, and Sky Dive were particularly well received and considered among his best work, the albums he recorded later in the decade were attacked by critics for their commercialism. First Light won a 1972 Grammy Award and included pianists Herbie Hancock and Richard Wyands, guitarists Eric Gale and George Benson, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and percussionist Airto Moreira. In 1994, Hubbard, collaborating with Chicago jazz vocalist/co-writer Catherine Whitney, had lyrics set to the music of First Light.
In 1977 Hubbard joined with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Ron Carter and Wayne Shorter, members of the mid-sixties Miles Davis Quintet, for a series of performances. Several live recordings of this group were released as VSOP, VSOP: The Quintet, VSOP: Tempest in the Colosseum (all 1977) and VSOP: Live Under the Sky (1979).
Hubbard's trumpet playing was featured on the track "Zanzibar", on the 1978 Billy Joel album 52nd Street (the 1979 Grammy Award Winner for Best Album). The track ends with a fade during Hubbard's performance. An "unfaded" version was released on the 2004 Billy Joel box set My Lives.
In the 1980s Hubbard was again leading his own jazz group – this time with Billy Childs and Larry Klein, among others, as members – attracting favorable reviews, playing at concerts and festivals in the USA and Europe, often in the company of Joe Henderson, playing a repertory of hard bop and modal jazz pieces. Hubbard played at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1980 and in 1989 (with Bobby Hutcherson). He played with Woody Shaw, recording with him in 1985, and two years later recorded Stardust with Benny Golson. In 1988 he teamed up once more with Blakey at an engagement in the Netherlands, from which came Feel the Wind. In 1988, Hubbard played with Elton John, contributing trumpet and flugelhorn and trumpet solos on the track "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Part Two)" for John's Reg Strikes Back album. In 1990 he appeared in Japan headlining an American-Japanese concert package which also featured Elvin Jones, Sonny Fortune, pianists George Duke and Benny Green, bass players Ron Carter, and Rufus Reid, with jazz and vocalist Salena Jones. He also performed at the Warsaw Jazz Festival, at which Live at the Warsaw Jazz Festival (Jazzmen 1992) was recorded.
Following a long setback of health problems and a serious lip injury in 1992 where he ruptured his upper lip and subsequently developed an infection, Hubbard was again playing and recording occasionally, even if not at the high level that he set for himself during his earlier career. His best records ranked with the finest in his field.
Legacy and honors
In 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts accorded Hubbard its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award.
On December 29, 2008, Hubbard died in Sherman Oaks, California from complications caused by a heart attack he suffered on November 26.
Freddie Hubbard had close ties to the Jazz Foundation of America in his later years. He is quoted as saying, "When I had congestive heart failure and couldn't work, The Jazz Foundation paid my mortgage for several months and saved my home! Thank God for those people." The Jazz Foundation of America's Musicians' Emergency Fund took care of him during times of illness. After his death, Hubbard's estate requested that tax-deductible donations be made in his name to the Jazz Foundation of America.
Sortable table with recording date as primal order, "year" shows date of first release.
|Open Sesame||1960||Blue Note|
|Goin' Up||1960||Blue Note|
|Hub Cap||1961||Blue Note|
|Ready for Freddie||1961||Blue Note|
|The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard||1962||Impulse!|
|Here to Stay||1962||Blue Note|
|The Body & the Soul||1963||Impulse!|
|Breaking Point||1964||Blue Note|
|Blue Spirits||1965||Blue Note|
|The Night of the Cookers||1965||Blue Note|
|Jam Gems: Live at the Left Bank||1965||Label M|
|Fastball: Live at the Left Bank||1967||Hyena|
|High Blues Pressure||1968||Atlantic|
|A Soul Experiment||1969||Atlantic|
|The Black Angel||1970||Atlantic|
|The Hub of Hubbard||1970||MPS|
|Sing Me a Song of Songmy||1971||Atlantic|
|Keep Your Soul Together||1973||CTI|
|Freddie Hubbard/Stanley Turrentine in Concert Volume One||1974||CTI|
|In Concert Volume Two with Stanley Turrentine||1974||CTI|
|Bundle of Joy||1977||Columbia|
|The Love Connection||1979||Columbia|
|Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival||1980||Pablo|
|Mistral with Art Pepper||1981||Liberty|
|Keystone Bop Vol. 2: Friday & Saturday||1996||Prestige|
|Keystone Bop: Sunday Night||1982||Prestige|
|Born to Be Blue||1982||Pablo|
|Ride Like the Wind||1982||Elektra/Asylum|
|Above & Beyond||1982||Metropolitan|
|Back to Birdland||1982||Real Time|
|The Rose Tattoo||1983||Baystate (Japan)|
|Double Take with Woody Shaw||1985||Blue Note|
|Life Flight||1987||Blue Note|
|The Eternal Triangle with Woody Shaw||1987||Blue Note|
|Feel the Wind with Art Blakey||1988||Timeless|
|Minor Mishap||1988||Black Lion|
|Times Are Changing||1989||Blue Note|
|Topsy - Standard Book||1989||Alpha/Compose|
|At Jazz Jamboree Warszawa '91: A Tribute to Miles||2000||Starburst|
|Live at Fat Tuesday's||1992||MusicMasters|
|Blues for Miles||1992||Evidence|
|MMTC: Monk, Miles, Trane & Cannon||1995||MusicMasters|
|New Colors||2001||Hip Bop|
|On the Real Side||2008||Times Square|
Sortable table with main artist alphabetically as primal order.
|Manny Albam||The Soul of the City||Solid State||1966|
|Roberto Ávila & Sarava||Come to Brazil||Sonet||1989|
|George Benson||The Other Side of Abbey Road||A&M/CTI||1969|
|Walter Benton||Out of this World||Jazzland||1960|
|Art Blakey||Mosaic||Blue Note||1961|
|Art Blakey||Buhaina's Delight||Blue Note||1961|
|Art Blakey||A Jazz Hour with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: Blues March||Jazz Hour||1961 |
|Art Blakey||Three Blind Mice||United Artists||1962|
|Art Blakey||Free for All||Blue Note||1964|
|Art Blakey||Golden Boy||Colpix||1964|
|Art Blakey||Soul Finger||Limelight||1965|
|Tina Brooks||True Blue||Blue Note||1960|
|Kenny Burrell||God Bless the Child||CTI||1971|
|George Cables||Cables' Vision||Contemporary||1979|
|Betty Carter||Droppin' Things||Verve||1990|
|Ornette Coleman||Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation||Atlantic||1960|
|John Coltrane||Olé Coltrane||Atlantic||1961|
|Richard Davis||Muses for Richard Davis||MPS||1969|
|Eric Dolphy||Outward Bound||New Jazz||1960|
|Eric Dolphy||Out to Lunch!||Blue Note||1964|
|Kenny Drew||Undercurrent||Blue Note||1960|
|Charles Earland||Leaving This Planet||Prestige||1973|
|Booker Ervin||Booker 'n' Brass||Pacific Jazz Records||1967|
|Joe Farrell||Sonic Text||Contemporary||1980|
|Curtis Fuller||Boss of the Soul-Stream Trombone||Warwick||1960|
|Curtis Fuller||Soul Trombone||Impulse!||1961|
|Curtis Fuller||Cabin in the Sky||Impulse!||1962|
|Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry and Oscar Peterson||The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big 4||Pablo||1980|
|Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry and Oscar Peterson||The Alternate Blues||Pablo||1980|
|Benny Golson||Pop + Jazz = Swing — jazz part also released as Just Jazz!||Audio Fidelity||1961|
|Benny Golson||Take a Number from 1 to 10||Argo||1961|
|Dexter Gordon||Doin' Allright||Blue Note||1961|
|Dexter Gordon||Clubhouse||Blue Note||1964|
|Dexter Gordon||The Other Side of Round Midnight||Blue Note||1986|
|Slide Hampton||Slide Hampton and His Horn of Plenty||Strand||1959|
|Slide Hampton||Sister Salvation||Atlantic||1960|
|Slide Hampton||Drum Suite||Epic||1962|
|Herbie Hancock||Takin' Off||Blue Note||1962|
|Herbie Hancock||Empyrean Isles||Blue Note||1964|
|Herbie Hancock||Maiden Voyage||Blue Note||1965|
|Herbie Hancock||VSOP: The Quintet||Columbia||1977|
|Herbie Hancock||VSOP: Tempest in the Colosseum||Columbia||1977|
|Herbie Hancock||VSOP: Live Under the Sky||Columbia||1979|
|Herbie Hancock||Round Midnight (Soundtrack)||Columbia||1986|
|Jimmy Heath||The Quota||Riverside||1961|
|Jimmy Heath||Triple Threat||Riverside||1962|
|Joe Henderson||Big Band||Verve||1996|
|Andrew Hill||Pax||Blue Note||1965 |
|Andrew Hill||Compulsion!!!!!||Blue Note||1965|
|Bobby Hutcherson||Dialogue||Blue Note||1965|
|Bobby Hutcherson||Components||Blue Note||1965|
|Bobby Hutcherson||Knucklebean||Blue Note||1977|
|Bobby Hutcherson||Highway One||Columbia||1978|
|Milt Jackson||Goodbye— trumpet on "S.K.J." only||CTI||1974|
|Billy Joel||52nd Street — trumpet on "Zanzibar" only||Columbia||1978|
|Elton John||Reg Strikes Back||Rocket/Mercury||1988|
|J. J. Johnson||J.J. Inc.||Columbia||1961|
|Quincy Jones||I Dig Dancers||Mercury||1960|
|Quincy Jones||The Quintessence||Impulse!||1962|
|Quincy Jones||Golden Boy||Mercury||1964|
|Quincy Jones||I/We Had a Ball||Limelight||1965|
|Quincy Jones||Walking in Space||A&M/CTI||1969|
|Quincy Jones||Gula Matari||A&M||1970|
|Chaka Khan||Echoes of an Era||Blue Note||1982|
|Jeff Lorber||Water Sign||Arista||1979|
|Ronnie Mathews||Doin' the Thang!||Prestige||1963|
|The Modern Jazz Quartet||MJQ & Friends: A 40th Anniversary Celebration||Atlantic||1994|
|Wes Montgomery||Fingerpickin||Pacific Jazz||1958|
|Wes Montgomery||Road Song||A&M||1968|
|Hank Mobley||Roll Call||Blue Note||1960|
|Alphonse Mouzon||By All Means||Pausa||1980|
|Oliver Nelson||The Blues and the Abstract Truth||Impulse!||1961|
|Duke Pearson||Dedication!||Jazzline/Prestige||1961 |
|Duke Pearson||Sweet Honey Bee||Blue Note||1966|
|Duke Pearson||The Right Touch||Blue Note||1967|
|Oscar Peterson||Face to Face||Pablo||1982|
|Sam Rivers||Contours||Blue Note||1965|
|Max Roach||Drums Unlimited||Atlantic||1965|
|Sonny Rollins||East Broadway Run Down||Impulse!||1966|
|Poncho Sanchez||Cambios||Concord Picante||1991|
|Don Sebesky||Giant Box||CTI||1973|
|Lalo Schifrin||Once a Thief and Other Themes||Verve||1965|
|Wayne Shorter||Wayning Moments||Vee-Jay||1962|
|Wayne Shorter||Speak No Evil||Blue Note||1964|
|Wayne Shorter||The Soothsayer||Blue Note||1965|
|Wayne Shorter||The All Seeing Eye||Blue Note||1965|
|Leon Thomas||A Piece of Cake||Palcoscenico|
|McCoy Tyner||Quartets 4 X 4 — on three tracks as part of one quartet||Milestone||1980|
|Randy Weston||Uhuru Afrika||Roulette||1960|
|Randy Weston||Blue Moses||CTI||1972|
- 1981 Studiolive (Sony)
- 1985 One Night with Blue Note
- 2004 Live at the Village Vanguard (Immortal)
- 2005 All Blues (FS World Jazz)
- 2009 Freddie Hubbard: One of a Kind
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