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    Posted: 14 Jul 2020 at 9:17am

Eddie Gale, Jazz Trumpeter Who Played With Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor, Dead at 78

Gale recorded solo works for the iconic Blue Note label, and helmed a number of charitable organizations

Eddie Gale, the jazz trumpeter who played with Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, and others, has died. Iconic jazz label Blue Note announced the news on their website today (July 13). Gale was 78 years old.

Gale was born in Brooklyn in 1942, but moved to San Jose, California in 1972, where he lived for the rest of his life. In 1974, Gale was named “San Jose’s Ambassador of Jazz,” for his work bringing jazz music into local schools. Gale’s early days in music were spent playing with the legendary Sun Ra, as well as pianist Cecil Taylor.

In 1968, Gale released his first solo album—Eddie Gale’s Ghetto Music—which was released by Blue Note. His subsequent Blue Note release Black Rhythm Happening arrived in 1969. Gale went on to record more than a dozen records as a bandleader for the remaining five decades, including 2004’s Afro-Fire.

Gale helmed multiple charitable and philanthropic organizations in his lifetime; he created Jazz Musicians’ Self-Help Healthcare fundraisers, which donated proceeds to the Jazz Foundation of America, organized the Evergreen Youth Adult Jazz Society, and more. In 2018, Gale released a reimagining of Eddie Gale’s Ghetto Music to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original LP.

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