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Marcus Belgrave dies at 78; jazz trumpeter backed Motown stars
Marcus Belgrave dies at 78; jazz trumpeter backed Motown stars

Marcus Belgrave, a jazz trumpeter who shared the stage and recording studio with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Cocker and a string of Motown artists, has died. He was 78. Belgrave died Sunday of heart failure at an Ann Arbor, Mich., care facility, said Hazelette Crosby-Robinson, a cousin of Belgrave's wife Joan. He was 78 Belgrave remained active on the Detroit and international jazz scenes up until his death. Born into a family of musicians in Chester, Pa., he started playing professionally at 12 and joined the Ray Charles Band in the late 1950s — what he once described as "the beginning of my musical life." He moved to Detroit in 1962 and...

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