Marcus Belgrave. Born on June 12, 1936, in Chester, PA.
Freelance musician, 1960–; member of pianist/vocalist Ray Charles's touring orchestra, 1958–63; worked with drummer Max Roach and bassist Charles Mingus, 1960s; studio musician, 1960s; co-founder, Tribe collective, 1970s; music director, New Detroit Jazz Ensemble, 1970s; founder, Jazz Development Workshop, 1970s; bandleader, beginning in 1980s; recorded with pianists McCoy Tyner and Geri Allen, drummer Lawrence Williams, saxophonists Newman and David Murray, pianist Horace Tapscott, George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band and others, 1980s and 1990s; member, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, 1992–; founding member, Oakland University Jazz Studies program; visiting professor, Oberlin College, 2001–; member, The Detroit Experiment, 2003.
Awards: Arts Midwest Jazz Master Award, 1991; Michigan Governor's Arts Award, 1994; Louis Armstrong Award, 1995; Howard University, Benny Golson Jazz Master Award, 2002.
FROM " GEMINI II " LP ( Tribe PRSD 2228 ) 1974