Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan (July 10, 1938 — Feb. 19, 1972) was an American jazz trumpeter.


He was born Edward Lee Morgan on July 10, 1938, in Philadelphia, the youngest of four children. As a child, he first took up vibraphone, then trumpet and alto saxophone. For his thirteenth birthday, his sister gave him a trumpet. His initial inspiration was Clifford Brown, who Morgan tutored under during the early 1950s.

In 1956, 18-year-old Morgan joined Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band. That same year, he made his first two appearances on record, both on Savoy Records: Jazz Message #2 by tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, directly preceded by Introducing Lee Morgan, credited to Lee Morgan with Hank Mobley’s Quintet


Discography:

  • Introducing Lee Morgan With Hank Mobley’s Quintet (1957 • Lee Morgan With Hank Mobley’s Quintet)
  • Lee Morgan Indeed! (1957)
  • Lee Morgan Sextet (1957)
  • Lee Morgan, Vol. 3 (1957)
  • The Cooker (1958)
  • City Lights (1958)
  • Candy (1958)
  • Monday Night at Birdland (1958 • Hank Mobley, Billy Root, Curtis Fuller, Lee Morgan)
  • Another Monday Night at Birdland (1959 • Hank Mobley, Billy Root, Curtis Fuller, Lee Morgan)
  • Peckin’ Time (1959 • Hank Mobley – Lee Morgan)
  • Here’s Lee Morgan (1960)
  • Leeway (1961)
  • Expoobident (1961)
  • Take Twelve (1962 • Lee Morgan Quintet)
  • The Sidewinder (1964)
  • The Rumproller (1966)
  • Search for the New Land (1966)
  • Cornbread (1967)
  • Delightfulee Morgan (1967)
  • The Gigolo (1968)
  • ¡Caramba! (1968)
  • Charisma (1969)
  • The Sixth Sense (1970)
  • Live at the Lighthouse (1971)
  • Lee Morgan (1972)
  • Lee Morgan All-Star Sextet (archival, 1978)
  • Sonic Boom (archival, 1979)
  • Tom Cat (archival, 1980)
  • Taru (archival, 1980)
  • Infinity (archival, 1981)
  • The Rajah (archival, 1984)
  • Standards (archival, 1998)
  • Double or Nothin’ (archival, 2003 • Conte Candoli & Lee Morgan)

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