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Marcus Belgrave Quintet - Number 3

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Marcus BelgraveMarcus Belgrave continued to work as a bandleader and freelance musician during the 1980s and 1990s, recording with saxophonist and Charles alum David "Fathead" Newman and pianist McCoy Tyner, among others.

He received an Arts Midwest Jazz Master award in 1991, and in 1992 he accepted trumpeter Wynton Marsalis's offer to become a charter member of the New York-based Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He also played in the Tonight Show band under the direction of Marsalis's brother, Branford. He received a Michigan Governor's Arts Award in 1994. Belgrave released three albums as a bandleader in the 1990s: Working Together on the DJM label in 1992; Live at Kerrytown Concert House, Vol. 1, also on DJM, in 1993; and Urban Griots on the Dr. Moto label in 1998.

In the 2000s Belgrave developed "In the Tradition of Louis Armstrong," a touring show that recreates the music of the late jazz master. "This band is the real deal, and I can't help but think that Louis would have approved," wrote Rick Justice in a review for the Charleston Daily Mail. "There's little hint of nostalgia to this performance, just a masculine vigor and a passionate worldliness," wrote Kevin Lynch in the Madison Capital Times.

Opening tune from Marcus' group at the Algier Theater in Detroit 6/4/89

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