Lee Morgan

Vinyl Vault — Lee Morgan, “Take Twelve”

The next Vinyl Vault features a 1962 album from trumpeter Lee Morgan entitled “Take Twelve.” Morgan spent most of his recording career on Blue Note Records, but this one was released on Jazzland Records and was produced by Orrin Keepnews. This date was with a quintet featuring Clifford...
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“It’s All Music”—Lee Morgan Celebrating Lee Morgan’s Life, Artistry and Slug’s Saloon

Jazz Trumpeter Lee Morgan (1938-1972) left a striking legacy after his truncated 33-year-old life. A virtuoso composer and performer with his own elaborate melodic style, his tragic demise due to a gun fired by his common-law wife, Helen Moore aka Helen Morgan, occurred after she brought Morgan’s gun to him to help him deal with a drug dealer he was unsatisfied with. According to this, other lore shared in person on stage and via zoom recordings projected onto the wall of the new Slug’s Jazz club, there was another woman involved that night, someone Morgan also loved, leading to a crime of the heart by Helen. Eyewitnesses gave their accounts and there was a moment of silence by everyone present.
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Fan’s Search for Grave of Jazz Musician Lee Morgan Reaches Startling Coda in Feasterville

Final Feasterville resting spot of jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan.Image via Nate Chinen at NPR. Lee Morgan, a prominent 1950s–1960s jazz trumpeter, had a tragically short career. The 33-year-old performer was killed by his common-law wife in 1972 and buried in White Chapel Memorial Park, Feasterville, next to his father. NPR’s Nate Chinen uncovered the story of a recent, surprising revelation unearthed there.

The Night Beat — Lee Morgan, Live at the Lighthouse

Throughout January 2022 on Wednesday evenings as part of The Night Beat, your host Doug Crane will be treating you to music from the recently released and definitive version of Lee Morgan’s “Live at The Lighthouse”. Originally available as a two-record set in 1971 and as an expanded three-CD set in 1996, this limited edition box set includes either eight CDs or 12 LPs.

‘The Cooker’: How Lee Morgan Became Blue Note’s Hottest Young Star

Lee Morgan hadn’t even celebrated his 20th birthday when he ventured into Rudy Van Gelder’s recording studio at Hackensack, New Jersey, on September 29, 1957, to record The Cooker. Originally from Philadelphia, Morgan (1938-1972) was a wunderkind trumpeter who idolized Clifford Brown (the groundbreaking hard bop horn blower who had perished in a car accident in 1956) and served his musical apprenticeship playing in the horn section of a short-lived big band led by another notable trumpeter – a puff-cheeked wind machine who went by the name of Dizzy Gillespie. That was in 1956, when Morgan was just 18.

Lee Morgan – ‘The Complete Live at the Lighthouse’

Lee Morgan – The Complete Live at the Lighthouse (from 1970) (Blue Note. 8 CDs or 12 LPS. Album Review by Olie Brice) Lee Morgan’s Live at the Lighthouse was already a classic album, in its original double LP format and then the longer 3 CD set released in the 1990’s. This 8 CD box of all the music the band played over 12 sets is an absolute joy, and in a year where none of us have heard enough live jazz the chance to revel in this great band stretching out over a weekend shouldn’t be missed.

Lee Morgan & Ulysses Owens Jr.

From one of the most powerful drummers in jazz today who is has released a big band album, we start the 717th Episode of Neon Jazz with Ulysses Owens, Jr. and a tune off his latest CD Soul Conversations. As is the case with all Neon Jazz shows, we trace the history of influences for each artist. For Ulysses, he was swayed heavily by Miles Davis and we hear the song "Limbo" from the trumpet master. We also hear from some quality voices in jazz include Andy James and Karrin Allyson. We also dig into some cats from Ireland in Gediminas Karkauskas and wrap all of this up from a European talent in Nik Bärtsch. Enjoy the show, my friends.

Lee Morgan: The Complete Live at the Lighthouse

It is a conundrum as old as live popular music itself. A veteran act wishes to branch out, push forward, and defy expectations, but the fans want to hear the old favorites. That was the sort of challenge faced by the trumpet player Lee Morgan when he and his band played a two-week engagement at the famous Lighthouse jazz club just a short walk from the ocean in Hermosa Beach, California, in July 1970.
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An epic box set captures three nights of trumpeter Lee Morgan at his artistic peak

“So we’re just gonna go ahead and do our regular thing,” trumpeter Lee Morgan announces before the first of four sets on a Friday evening at the Lighthouse, a renowned oceanside jazz club in Hermosa Beach, Calif. It is July 1970, and Morgan and his working band have already been in residence here for more than a week. Now his label, Blue Note, has set up to record the final weekend of the run for a live album.

Philly Jazz Talks About Lee Morgan!

Hosted by the Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project and the 8th in an online series focusing on the many aspects of jazz in Philadelphia, past and present. This discussion explores the life and music of trumpeter Lee Morgan with biographer Tom Perchard who wrote Lee Morgan: His Life, Music and Culture and trumpeter Duane Eubanks, Philly's homegrown jazz star from the famous Eubanks family.

Lee Morgan: The Complete Live at the Lighthouse

Suffice to say that if Blue Note's original Live at The Lighthouse (1970) lit a fire under you and all the subsequent expanded iterations did nothing to douse said flames, this definitive final word on a very good thing is going to grab your attention fast and hold it hard.

Lee Morgan Live at the Lighthouse Box Due Out in July

Many jazz fans are familiar with Lee Morgan’s 1970 recording Live at the Lighthouse. Hardcore Morgan heads also know that the double album was drawn from a three-night stand that same year (July 10-12) at the legendary Hermosa Beach, California jazz club, during which the trumpet titan and his quintet played four sets a night. (An extended three-CD version of the album was released in 1996.)

‘Lee Morgan: The Complete Live At The Lighthouse’ Set For Expansive Reissue

Blue Note Records has announced an expansive reissue of the historic live double album Live at the Lighthouse by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan. Set for release on July 23, Lee Morgan: The Complete Live at the Lighthouse, presents for the very first time all 12 sets of music the legendary trumpeter’s quintet with saxophonist Bennie Maupin, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Jymie Merritt, and drummer Mickey Roker recorded during their historic engagement at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California from July 10-12, 1970.