Freddie Hubbard died Dec. 29 at age 70, of complications following a heart attack. He’s not as well known to the general public as Miles or ‘Trane or Dizzy, but he’s still one of the giants. Here’s the NYT obituary to prove it. (Registration required.)
By coincidence, I’d previously volunteered to cover some morning air time on Dec. 30. A few hours of research and a dive into the KZSU library, especially the vinyl section, yielded more than enough material for a three-hour tribute show.
These links proved helpful:
- A site devoted to Freddie: freddiehubbardmusic.com. (Use the navigation bars on the right, not the ones up top.)
- A nice discography
- NPR remembers (Includes great insights taken from a 2001 interview)
- Randy Brecker picks 12 essential Freddie solos (part of Jazz.com’s excellent series, “The Dozens”