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Freddie Hubbard Jazz Trumpet Great Dead At 70

Grammy-winning jazz musician Freddie Hubbard, whose style influenced a generation of trumpet players, has died at age 70. Hubbard's manager, David Weiss, says the musician died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles. He had been hospitalized since suffering a heart attack last month. Although he had been in declining health in recent years, Hubbard continued to perform until just a few months ago. Known for both the intensity of his playing, as well as his melodic style, Hubbard's last concert was in June in New York at a party celebrating the release of his final album. He won a Grammy in 1972 for best jazz performance by a group for the album "First Light." (source: Chicago Tribune) When my first child was born I remember celebrating her birth by going out and buying Freddie Hubbard's new album at the time (1977) entitled "Bundle Of Joy". The title track was a big hit for him at the time. This album was his commercial entrance into the realm of the jazz fusion music trend (fusion of rock and jazz) and it still sounds great today. Having been a trumpet player under his influence and long time jazz fan myself, he will be missed. R.I.P. Freddie...sign the memorial guest book by clicking this link

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