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Artist Curtis Fuller’s Cause of Death is Unknown After Days

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Sad to announce that the jazz trombonist artist suddenly died at the age of 86. Curtis Fuller’s cause of death is not revealed yet.

The great jazz trombonist known as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and contributor to many classic jazz recordings, Curtis DuBois Fuller, passed away on May 8, 2021.

Fuller lost his Jamaican-born parents when he was young; he was raised in an orphanage. He was a school friend of Paul Chambers and Donald Byrd, Tommy Flanagan, Thad Jones, and Milt Jackson in Detroit.

Jazz artist Curtis Fuller has died at the age of 86

After playing in a band with Chambers and brothers Cannonball and Nat Adderley for army service between 1953 and 1955, Fuller joined the quintet of Yusef Lateef, another Detroit musician.

He moved to New York in April 1957 at age 22 and recorded his first sessions as a leader with Prestige.

According to Wikipedia, Alfred Lion of Blue Note Records first heard Fuller playing with Miles Davis in the late 1950s, and the trombonist led four dates for Blue Note, though one of these, an album with Slide Hampton, was not issued for many years. Lion featured Fuller as a sideman on record dates led by Sonny Clark (Dial “S” for Sonny, Sonny’s Crib) and John Coltrane (Blue Train).

Over the next decade, he worked on albums under the leadership of Bud Powell, Jimmy Smith, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, and Joe Henderson, who was Fuller’s former roommate at Wayne State University in 1956.

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What is Jazz Trombonist Curtis Fuller’s Cause of Death at 86?

It is still unknown that what is Curtis Fuller’s cause of death, but we are waiting for more official information, so stay with us.

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Jazz Trombonist Curtis Fuller’s Style

Curtis recorded two albums as a leader for Impulse in the early 1960s. He was part of Dizzy Gillespie’s band at that time, which also featured Foster Elliott. Curtis went on to tour Count Basie and also reunited with Blakey and Golson.

Curtis DuBois Fuller was also the first trombonist to be the Art Farmer-Benny Golson Jazztet‘s member; later, in 1961 became the sixth man in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with Blakey until 1965.

Curtis Fuller was given an honorary doctorate of music from Berklee College of Music in 1999. He was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2007.

Fuller continued to perform and record and was a faculty member of the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) School of Jazz Studies (SJS).

The New York Times Magazine named Curtis Fuller among hundreds of artists on June 25, 2019, whose works were reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.


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4 Comments

  1. David Rothschild May 10, 2021

    I’m very sorry to hear this tragic news. He was a giant. My condolences to his family and loved ones!

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    1. US day News May 10, 2021

      Curtis Fuller’s death breaks so many hearts. He was really a legend. Our deepest condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

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  2. John May 11, 2021

    I was so very fortunate to have played and recorded with Curtis back in the late 1970’s.
    He was a kind soul who took an enthusiastic young man under his wing who wanted to learn from
    a true master of music. He told me if I moved to New York City we would record and tour.
    I moved to NYC, and he kept his word and fought with his record label to allow me to record with him.
    Curtis didn’t have to go to bat for me, but he did, and I will forever be indebted to him.
    Curtis was always willing to answer any questions I had and he had a lot of sage advice.

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    1. US day News May 11, 2021

      Curtis Fuller’s death breaks so many hearts. So sorry for your loss. You’re fortunate that you had spent time with this wonderful man. Our deepest condolences to you and his family.

      Reply

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