Freddie Hubbard : The most influential artist in bop, hard-bop and post bop era
Born in Indiana, Hubbard took an early liking to instruments in the school band such as the tube, french horn and the mellophone but it wasn’t long after that he decided to settle on the trumpet. His brother was the first to introduce him to jazz being influenced by Bud Powell and McCoy Tyner.
As he honed his talents, he caught the eye of the former sideman of Stan kenton, Lee Katzman. Katzman soon convinced Hubbard to study at the Arthur Jordan Conversatory of music where he got the opportunity to train and record with well known musicians such as The Montgomery Brothers, Sonny Rollins and Slide Hampton. During this time, Hubbard was generally a well known trumpet player and knew that he could take his playing to the next level if he travelled to New York and tried his hand at the New York jazz scene
Upon his arrival to New York, he was quickly established as a well known jazz musician and soon went on to sign to a record company called Blue Note that was actually recommended by Miles Davis. With this record label, he produced his solo debut Open Sesame then soon went on to releasing other well known pieces such as Ready for Freddie and Zanzibar. This was the peak of his career, as he featured on many albums and played with bands touring the United States, Freddie was known nationwide as the young new jazz musician taking over the genre.
Unique Style of Playing
Hubbard was known for his a careful balance of bravado in tonal jazz and and subtlety in the more atonal camp. As he began to form his own unique sound, he strayed away from his earlier influencers and never really embraced the free jazz era in the 1960s. This made him stand out amongst others jazz musicians and set himself apart in the jazz game.