Freddie Hubbard departs the planet

Dec 29, 2008 Freddie Hubbard departs the planet

Freddie Hubbard at the Messina Jazz Festival with Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, and Sonny Fortune. 

In 1980, I bought and started wearing out Freddie Hubbard’s album Red Clay with my turntable needle, before the days of DVD players.

The local jazz-playing radio station WPFW today announced that Freddie passed away. says it happened today, related to complications from a heart attack late last month. He was seventy.

Freddie Hubbard was a major force in jazz trumpet. He blew me away when I experienced him live at the late Jonathan Swift’s nightclub in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a quarter century ago, when he proclaimed that he was not going to be playing any more crossover "sh*t".

Freddie was great both as the lead musician and as a team member, including with VSOP, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Woody Shaw.

As I have said many times, jazz music inspires me tremendously in my trial work, including the improvisation involved, the self-demand for excellence by jazz greats, and the mind-boggling envelope pushing of so many of them.

Thanks, Freddie, for you. Jon Katz.

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