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Freddie Hubbard (Frederick Dewayne Hubbard, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 7, 1938 - Sherman Oaks, California, December 29, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter.

Hubbard was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and associated in his youth with various musicians in Indianapolis, including Wes Montgomery and Montgomery’s brothers. Chet Baker was an early influence, although Hubbard soon aligned himself with the approach of Clifford Brown (and his forebears: Fats Navarro and Dizzy Gillespie).

Hubbard’s jazz career began in earnest after moving to New York City in 1958. While there, he worked with Sonny Rollins, Slide Hampton, J. J. Johnson, Philly Joe Jones, Oliver Nelson, and Quincy Jones, among others. He gained attention while playing with the seminal ensemble Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, appearing on such albums as Mosaic, Buhaina’s Delight, and Free For All. He left the Messengers in 1964 to lead his own groups and from that time maintained a high profile as a bandleader or featured as a special guest, but never merely a sideman.
Along with two other trumpeters also born in 1938, Lee Morgan (d. 1971) and Booker Little (d. 1961), Hubbard exerted a strong force on the direction of 1960s jazz. He recorded extensively for Blue Note Records: eight albums as a bandleader, and twenty-eight as a sideman. Most of these recordings are regarded as classics. Hubbard appeared on a few early landmarks (Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz, Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch and John Coltrane’s Ascension), but Hubbard never fully embraced , though it did influence his playing.


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  • Jamesismynamo

    his solo on Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments" is the best thing

    11 Sep 4:44pm Reply
  • CosmicPi

    A tone of nectar.

    8 May 1:55am Reply
  • Cat_007

    cool guy, cool sound

    8 Feb 4:13pm Reply
  • nacht_vogel

    I think Freddie is actually my favorite jazz trumpeter right now

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist Jazz: Bebop, Cool, Swing, Vocal, Fusion, Modal, Stride, Dixieland, Third Stream, Big Band, Hard Bop

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • BetoMMacedo

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • evanisreallyok

    What turned me on to Freddie was his playing on Dolphy's Out to Lunch.

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
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    22 Jul 2012 Reply
  • barryvs

    First Light is amazing.

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • jazzx84

    I love Red Clay; I think it's the album he'll always be known for. I also love his freshman outings in the early 1960s. His recording of Jimmy Van Heusen's 'But Beautiful' on the 'Open Sesame' album is purely haunting.

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    FREDDIE !!!

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • JazzIsKing

    Ready for Freddie has to be the most underrated jazz album ever. How do more people not recognize its brilliance?

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • akrde

    I'm ready for Freddie now! :)

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • jamesusillxd

    Red Clay is amazing

    30 Sep 2011 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    The fact that there is such a hierarchy in jazz is so beyond me. Yes, Miles and Coltrane are geniuses but the fact that you absolutely have to mention them and compare everyone to them because they are supposed to be the greatest thing in jazz annoys me a lot. Yes, Miles obviously explored much more styles than Hubbard but does that mean that is he automatically better at what he does? Is hard bop Miles better than Freddie? Milestones better than Backlash simply because it is Miles Davis? I don't think so, all of this is very subjective. Hubbard is as legitimate as Miles making this kind of music. Period.

    27 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Mezzanine_

    first time i heard freddie playing was in Mayden Voyage and i was like "WOW, i gotta know who's that guy!". A year latter i'm listening to Open Sesame and i'm just amazed. He should receive more credit for his contributions to jazz. (sorry for my english)

    12 Jun 2011 Reply

    at the end of the day i'd rather hear a Freddie Hubbard solo over a Miles Davis solo, but what does that really matter? [2]

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • koolkeef

    at the end of the day i'd rather hear a Freddie Hubbard solo over a Miles Davis solo, but what does that really matter?

    5 May 2011 Reply
  • bonnie_jamie

    Ready For Freddie........ Wow.

    27 Mar 2011 Reply
  • cards4life

    giving "Open Sesame" another listen...smooth as silk, perfectly arranged with impeccable timing...just gorgeous!

    13 Mar 2011 Reply
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