“Marcus Belgrave, a world-class trumpeter and the reigning patriarch of Detroit’s jazz scene, fought heart and pulmonary issues for years and used oxygen 24 hours a day. But you would hardly know it to hear him play.
Belgrave still lit up bandstands from here to New York with his clarion tone, soulful improvisations and charismatic personality. And just as he had done for the last 45 years in Detroit, he mentored young musicians, initiating them into the expressive glories of jazz.
Belgrave’s heart finally gave out today at age 78. Death has silenced his horn, but his legacy will remain immortal.“