Remembering Marcus Belgrave

1936 – 2015

A film by Bret Primack

Filmmaker Bret Primack made this wonderful short feature about musician and educator Marcus Belgrave in 2009.

You can hear Belgrave on recordings by 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 also preformed with Ray Charles, Max Roach, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, La Palabra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie and John Sinclair, amongst others.

Some of the young musicians Belgrave helped along the way: Rodney Whitaker, Kenny Garrett, Regina Carter, James Carter, Geri Allen, Bob Hurst, Karriem Riggins, and Carlos McKinney.