Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Legendary jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard dies aged 70

Legendary Jazz Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard has died in hospital in Los Angeles. Hubbard, 70, was admitted to Sherman Oaks Hospital last month after suffering a heart attack. He died December 29. The musician's career spanned six decades and saw him collaborate with fellow jazz pioneers Thelonious Monk and Coltrane. Hubbard's long-time producer David Weiss said in a statement: "He played faster, longer, higher and with more energy than any other trumpeter of his era." The trumpeter received a Grammy Award in 1972 for Best Jazz Performance by a Group. In 2006, he was awarded America's highest jazz honour - National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. Hubbard was born in Indianapolis in 1938. He grew up playing a number of brass instruments, including the trumpet and French horn. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Briggie Hubbard, and son, Duane. - Gigwise

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