Detroit jazz trumpet legend Marcus Belgrave dies at age 78

Marcus Belgrade lived to play the trumpet. Just ask his good friend and former music student Marion Hayden. "His trumpet voice was like liquid silver until the day he passed. I had the opportunity to take my bass in the hospital. He and I and another trombone player played in the hospital room." 

That would be the last time she would play with the famed jazz musician, who spent most of his adult life in Detroit. Just as he inspired countless musicians with his horn, he was just as inspired by the motor city. "This is a place where he can be impactful and which he was it's a place where you can have a home and have students over, there are a lot of musicians that live here."

He didn't chase fame in the traditional sense. Settling in Detroit and settling into a career devoted to teachint the next generation of musicians. "He had a wonderful way of being able to educate people and bring your musical voice out," says Hayden. 

But when he did play there was nothing that would stand in his way including his long battle with COPD which took a lasting affect on his lungs. "He toured with an oxygen tank and he performed with one. I found that to be a great example that you have an illness that is challenging but it doesn't have to keep you from doing what you love in life," Hayden explained.

And while he'll likely always be remembered for his musical prowess Belgrave made quite an impact whenever he decided to put the trumpet down. 

Belgrave was 78-years-old.

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