Talk about Detroit performs! Nowhere more so than at last July’s “Concert of Colors” in Midtown Detroit. Event curator and legendary producer Don Was captured some of the best acts and has now posted them on his “My Damn Channel” website. The first batch features saxophonist James Carter, pianist Amp Fiddler, and, here, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave.
As a young man, Marcus Belgrave was tutored by Clifford Brown before going on to perform with legendary bands led by Ray Charles and Charles Mingus. Recognized as the Godfather of Detroit Jazz, he has mentored many of Detroit’s greatest musicians. “Lottie’s Mood” is a tribute to the Motor City’s most legendary exotic dancer, Lottie “The Body” Graves.
The video features Marcus Belgrave, trumpet; Marion Hayden, bass; Gayelynn McKinney, drums; Bill Meyer, piano; Vincent Bowens, flute; and Ryan Johnson, dancer. Recorded live at the 5th Annual DON WAS DETROIT ALL STAR REVUE at the 20th CONCERT OF COLORS July 16th, 2012, Orchestra Hall, Detroit, MI.