Freddie Hubbard 1938-2008


Jazz legend Freddie Hubbard passed away in Sherman Oaks Hospital on December 29, 2008 in Sherman Oaks California at the age of 70. The cause of death was complications of a heart attack he suffered on November 26.

David Weiss, his longtime manager, arranger and producer who also organized and played trumpet in Hubbard's last band, The New Jazz Composers Octet, recalls "He played faster, longer, higher and with more energy than any other trumpeter of his era."

The fiery trumpeter, composer and NEA Jazz Master help define jazz in the 1960's. He played with artists John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Bobby Hutcherson, Oliver Nelson, Andrew Hill, Eric Dolphy, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner and countless others. Hubbard also recorded on over 300 albums as a leader and sideman with an imposing solo legacy on such storied labels as Impulse!, Blue Note, Atlantic and CTI Records, where he had his biggest success with the album Red Clay. He later recorded for Columbia, Elektra, MPS, Music Masters, Telarc, Enja and Hip Bop Records, where he made his final album, On the Real Side, released June 24, 2008.

Frederick DeWayne Hubbard (born April 7, 1938) in Indianapolis is survived by his wife of 35 years, Briggie Hubbard and his son Duane. Funeral services are pending. A memorial tribute in New York is in the works.

[Published on: 1/2/09]

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Dire46daysWolf Fri 1/2/2009 10:07AM
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R.I.P. influential to say the least.

laxd1314 Fri 1/2/2009 10:20AM
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a little late jambase, but yeah, im gonna miss that little sunflower

Kill Smokey Fri 1/2/2009 11:06AM
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jimmy row Fri 1/2/2009 12:08PM
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^ Seriously man...give it a rest

Dankstar starstarstar Fri 1/2/2009 12:16PM
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Assworks is an ass pounder

jacoyle1 Fri 1/2/2009 12:38PM
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oh no ! I love freddie ! This is sad news to the jazz world ! RIP to a musical genius

sixstringbrad Fri 1/2/2009 01:45PM
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He will be greatly missed. A true trailblazer in our time.

snausages Fri 1/2/2009 01:56PM
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it seems that all of music's legends are fading away :(

shutupkids Fri 1/2/2009 03:47PM
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shut up assworks

Joshc104 Fri 1/2/2009 03:57PM
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PunkJazz starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/2/2009 04:48PM
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At a gig i played in a martini bar, when we played 'red clay' a buddy of ours got naked and danced. Hubbard you are the man and you music summons civilians to nakedness.

adventuresinperception starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/2/2009 05:45PM
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a damn crying shame. just picked up red clay about a week ago and such a bummer we lose another jazz master.

Id put him in the highest echelon of trumpeters along with miles, blue mitchell, etc

Recreational Chemist Fri 1/2/2009 08:38PM
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Recreational Chemist

I just heard of this guy not to long ago, within the last 2-3 months, and although he's gone, his sound will stay influential for a very long time

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Sat 1/3/2009 05:29AM
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RIP thanks for the music Freddie!

As an aside RIP Delaney Bramlett. No mention of him by JB.

ykmgeedee Sun 1/4/2009 05:50AM
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New to jazz and looking for great stuff? Look no farther than Freddie! Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage, John Coltrane's Africa/Brass, Eric Dolphy's Out To Lunch, Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil on down the line... We'll miss ya Mr. Hubbard.

rjd999 Sun 1/4/2009 12:37PM
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this is too bad, Freddie really is one of my favorite trumpeters of all time. His work with Art Blakey is stunning, I really dig Feel the Wind. I think I'm gonna throw on his underrated "Straight Life" at some point today, can't go wrong with a band consisting of Ron Carter on bass, George Benson on guitar, and Herbie on keys. RIP

Kill Smokey Sun 1/4/2009 06:44PM
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Kill Smokey

No I am not glassworks, I am assworks. I wish I was bubba though.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/5/2009 02:41PM
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^ i have too admit i wish i was bubba too, he just has so much going for him...

mtnjam421 Tue 1/6/2009 08:52AM
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RIP Freddie, you were the best.

jaik starstarstarstar Tue 1/6/2009 08:59PM
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Freddie Hubbard was a genius, one of the greatest trumpeters who ever lived. Had been listening to him a lot just before he passed. Check out his performance on Art Blakey's "Free For All"