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Freddie Hubbard in a Coma

Freddie Hubbard

Freddie Hubbard, 70, arguably the most important jazz trumpeter after 1960, suffered heart failure and collapsed last Sunday, December 1 at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. He has since been in the Intensive Care Unit at Sherman Oaks hospital where, as of Friday, he remained in a coma.

"He is being worked on to revive certain organs' function," says Ricky Schultz, a jazz marketing executive in Los Angeles. "I'm told there were some encouraging signs but his condition remains critical."

Hubbard was in the midst of a renaissance of sorts; after an infection damaged his lip in 1992, his playing has been infrequent and uneven, and a series of health and financial problems had further sidelined him. This summer, however, had seen the release of a CD recorded with the New Jazz Composers Octet, On the Real Side, which created renewed attention in the legendary trumpeter (and cover stories in both major jazz magazines, JazzTimes and Down Beat).

Hang in there, Freddie.

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  1. #1

    Thanks for the news Michael, I had no idea.
    Damn, just when I thought Freddie was making his big comeback.

    The man had done some hard living, that's for sure.

    Throwing on "Artistry of Freddie Hubbard".
    I read that was one of his favorites.

  2. #2

    It truly saddens me to hear this. It has been great seeing him the last couple of years in New York City with New Jazz Composers Collective. He was the last true innovator of jazz trumpet playing and his absence like many of the recently departed jazz greats, will leave a big void in the music world. Thank you for reporting this.

  3. #3

    I hope the man and legend comes out of this with little/no aftermath. He remains one of the great kings of the jazz trumpet, and we're all pulling for him.

  4. #4

    70 is way too young to go into the void. I just turned 65 and still feel like a kid, so I know it's first hand. Hang in there Freddie and come back to us. You deserve a much longer life.

  5. #5

    excuse typo and correct it's to it

  6. #6

    Fredie is one of the true great Jazz Trumpeter. His influence has touched many musicians. My best wishes for a complete recovery.

  7. #7

    One of my favourite trumpet players of the 70's, I hope he gets better soon.

  8. #8

    Freddie is my favorite player of all time. I wish him well, but fear it may be too late. First Light is the baddest of them all! God Bless you, Freddie!

  9. #9

    I'm sorry but most of this story is not true.
    Freddie did not collapse, he was having trouble breathing and was taken by ambulance to Sherman Oaks hospital on Wednesday, November 26. He did have a heart attack. He was unconscious for a couple of days, induced by his doctors who thought the treatment they were giving him would cause him too much pain if he was conscious. He has been awake for around two weeks now. He is still hooked up to breathing apparatus but again is conscious and coherent. He is getting stronger every day but has a ways to go.

  10. #10

    High Energy,First Light,Red Clay,Liquid Love, his live albums with G.Benson,S.Turrentine,R.Carter,and I can go on.I really hope he is ok.This man is one the baddesst trumpet/fluglehorn around STILL!!Much love and prayers to one of mt favorites!!

  11. #11

    I heard Freddie in 1971 at the Newport Jazz Festival with
    Louis Hayes, George Cables and Junior Cook - and Freddie
    was smokin'. My prayers are with you Freddie.

  12. #12

    Freddie has been my inspiration for many years...I remember him well in the late 60's and 70's..Birdland and "I remember Clifford" are still my favorites. My hope and prayers are with you...youre a strong guy.. a come back after the lip thing..I mean that would have done the average guy in...
    love and prayers freddie

  13. #13

    Freddie-I hung out with you in Osaka, Japan back in 1972. The trumpet section from the Buddy Defranco /Glenn Miller band all hung that night. Thanks for the inspiration you have given all trumpet players over the years. Thanks also for turning me on to Booker Little. You told me to listen to him and I still am. God bless you and come back soon. Tom Snelson

  14. #14

    Dear Freddie,
    You told us how to play the trumpet after Fats Navarro and Clifford Brown.
    Please stay with us and take good care.
    You will always be the best!
    With love from Holland, Eddie Engels

  15. #15

    Freddie,get well soon and call me.joe locatelli in Las Vegas.(702 451 4351)

  16. #16

    I PRAY TO GOD THAT FREDDIE WILL BE OK.HE HAS THOUGHT ME HOW TO PLAY THE TRUMPET AND FLUGLEHORN.AS A BLACK WHO PLAYS I KNOW THAT FREDDIE AND OTHER BLACK MUSICIANS DID NOT AND HAVE NOT GOTTEN THERE DUE MONEY WISE OR FAME WISE.NOW ALL YOU HEAR ABOUT IS CRIS BOTTE WHO COULD NOT COME ANYWHERE NEAR FREDDIE ,MILES AND CLIFFORD OR EVEN MYSELF.IT SEEMS THAT WHEN IT COMES TO BLACK MUSICIANS WE WILL NEVER GET ARE DUE.RACISTIAM SEEMS TO FOLLOW US TO ARE SICK BED AND ON TO ARE GRAVE.AS GREAT AS FREDDIE WAS HE SHOULD HAVE ALL THE MONEY HIS BANK ACCOUNT WILL HOLD BUT CRIS BOTTE IS MAKING ALL THE BUCKS.THIS IS BULLSHIT.LIVE ON FREDDIE FLY LIKE THE WIND.I LOVE YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME.

  17. #17

    I had the pleasure of standing very close to Freddie Hubbard when he recorded one of my tunes on a Jimmy Cobb record. It was the thrill of my life. No one has ever played with the sound and passion of Freddie
    God bless you Freddie Hubbard
    Steve Satten

  18. #18

    I want to offer thanks to David Weiss, for putting the correct info out there. I was reading this thread, getting depressed until I got to David's post. David should know, he's worked with Freddie a lot in recent years.
    Anyway, I hope you're able to keep us informed of Freddie's condition. Woody Shaw and Freddie have been my favorite trumpet players in the last 30 years.

    I'm pleased to have played and recorded with Freddie. His generation is thinning out, but I hope he can continue to play.

    -Robin Eubanks

  19. #19

    For some reason the pingback function didn't work here, but I did publish an update on Monday based on David's post:

    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/blackplasticbag/2008/12/15/new-information-on-freddie-hubbard/

  20. #20

    Much Inner Peace to Freddie and his family. I would like to be updated on his condition. He is one of my favorite trumpet players from the '60s.

    Inner peace,
    Eddie Gale
    San Jose's Ambassador of Jazz
    Jefferson Award Winner 2006
    Formerly with Blue Note Records

  21. #21

    Michael, I just got some bad news from NYC. Tell us it ain't so.

  22. #22

    Mike we need an update.

  23. #23
  24. #24

    Last time I checked, NYT hadn't reported it and wikipedia had not either.

  25. #25

    It is always so sad to see another of the greats pass on. There are so few left with us. We will always remember Freddie!

  26. #26

    We thank God, for the life and spirit of the late,Freddie Hubbard. He was truly a great trumpet master. His individual recordings and his work with the Jazz Messengers was like food for our souls. I pray that our beloved brother has found peace with our Lord. Keep the music alive. Continue to play it and make a point of exposing young people to it. We pray God, will some day allow us to see you at the First Light of a new day.Grace, Mercy and Peace, Minister Kwame A.T. Asante Brooklyn,NY

  27. #27

    Freddie was Master in any aspect in music
    just recently was checking his beautiful
    albums from Cti,
    some i new , some was new to me
    what a sad news

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