Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Jazz Great Freddie Hubbard Dies at 70

Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard died Monday of complications caused by a heart attack. He is eulogized in this New York Times obituary.

Hubbard was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1938. He studied at the Jordan Conservatory and later founded his own band, the Jazz Contemporaries. In 1958 he moved to New York, where he played with such notables as Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane. In 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts named Hubbard an NEA Jazz Master. You can find the NEA's biography of Hubbard on its website.

The NEA has offered millions of dollars in grants and awards to jazz artists and organizations since 1969. Here you can read more about NEA Jazz Masters programs and link to Jazz Masters profiles from 1982 to the present. This web page also contains links to audio and video clips, including Smithsonian Jazz Oral Histories, interviews with some NEA Jazz Masters, and photos from previous award ceremonies (the January 10, 2006, slideshow includes a picture of Hubbard).

For additional links to government agencies that support jazz and other art forms, see our guides to museums and black history.

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