Legendary jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who had been hospitalized since suffering a heart attack and multiple organ failure a month ago, reportedly died earlier today (12/29) in Sherman Oaks, CA according to several sources including Billboard magazine, AP, and Jazz Chronicles. Hubbard was 70 years of age.
Born in Indianapolis, Hubbard moved to New York in the late fifties where his career took off soon after. Known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop and post bop styles from the early 60s onwards, Freddie Hubbard has played with such jazz greats as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Bobby Hutcherson, Quincy Jones, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock during his illustrious career.
Hubbard worked with Hancock on five albums over a dozen years, including on Hancock's 1964 Empyrean Isles which also featured Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums. The ever-prolific Hubbard played on more than 300 recordings, including his own solo output which included his acclaimed 1970 soul/funk influenced hard bop album Red Clay, marking a change in his style and a promise of what was to come from the artist who continued to record through the 80's and into the beginning of the 1990's. In 2006 Hubbard was bestowed with the National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Masters Award.
The video clip below of "A La Mode" from 1984 of Art Blakey and the Jazz All Star Messengers' A Groovy Night with the Magnificent Six features a Hubbard solo.