Filmmaker Bret Primack presents a portrait of the Jazz scene in Detroit, featuring trumpeter/teacher Marcus Belgrave, with Congressman John Conyers, bassist Marion Hayden, and percussionist Gayelynn McKinney.
Marcus Belgrave (born June 12, 1936) is a jazz trumpet player from Detroit, born in Chester, Pennsylvania. He has recorded with a variety of famous musicians, bandleaders, and record labels since the 1950s. Notable among them are: Ray Charles, Charles Mingus, Gunther Schuller, Motown Records, Tribe Records, Blue Note Records, A. Spencer Barefield, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Rodney Whitaker, and Carl Craig. He has performed with Ray Charles, Max Roach, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, La Palabra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie and John Sinclair, amongst others.
Belgrave has a reputation for cultivating young jazz talent. Some examples are: Rodney Whitaker, Kenny Garrett, Regina Carter, James Carter, Geri Allen, Bob Hurst, Karriem Riggins, and Carlos McKinney.
A popular clinician and instructor, Belgrave is a frequent faculty member at Stanford Jazz Workshop and is currently visiting professor of jazz trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory.
In 2006 he spent one week in the summer program taking place in University of California Berkeley called the Young Musicians Program (YMP) helping out student with coaching and private lessons.
Marcus Belgrave is featured on the video series, «Ray Charles, Genius»