Happy Birthday Eddie Henderson
October 26, 1940
A salute to the hard bop trumpeter
Trumpeter and flugelhornist Edward (“Eddie”) Henderson was born October 26, 1940 in New York City.
The son of a mother who was a dancer at the Cotton Club and a father who was a singer, Henderson had a trumpet lesson from Louis Armstrong when he was nine.
He grew up in San Francisco, studied and played classical music, and worked towards becoming a doctor.
While building his medical practice, music soon took over his life, particularly when he worked with Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band during 1970-73 and led two albums on which he displayed the influence of fusion-era Miles Davis.
The Eddie Henderson Quintet of 2012 performs an original ballad.
Eddie Henderson, trumpet
Freddie Washington, tenor
Ptah Williams, piano
Bob DeBoo, bass
Gary Sykes, drums