Freddie Hubbard’s flugelhorn

I had heard about Freddie Hubbard from my boyfriend. He talked about him, along with the other great jazz players we so often listened to, and one of the few to still be alive. Ironically, the first time I saw the likes of Freddie Hubbard was in the movie ‘Round Midnight. He was the trumpet player in Dexter Gordon’s band.

The more interested and excited I became in jazz, the more disappointed I felt that I would never be able to see all of these great musicians live and feel the energy they emanate when they perform in front of a crowd. But then I found out that Freddie Hubbard was playing at Iridium. I knew it would be a great opportunity to see him live in such a small venue.

It was well known that he had health problems, both with his heart and lips. And he definitely didn’t play his horn like he did in his prime. But seeing him on stage with his flugelhorn, knowing of his accomplishments, made me feel like I was in the presence of a legend, which I was. That may have possibly been one of his last performances, as he died a year later.

Freddie Hubbard's flugelhorn sitting on a Steinway piano at the jazz club Iridium

photo by Angel Zayas

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