Personalities | Lee Morgan | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Trumpet, 1938–72)

Born in Philadelphia, trumpeter Lee Morgan led one of the storybook lives in jazz. He joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1958, having already worked with Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane. A magnificent hard-bop stylist who effectively utilized half-valve techniques and staccato blowing, Morgan was a star of the Blue Note Records roster, hitting the R&B top 10 in 1964 with the instrumental ‘The Sidewinder’. Tragically, he was murdered by a woman who considered herself his wife outside a jazz club in 1972.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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