Marcus Belgrave (born June 12, 1936) is a jazz trumpet player from Detroit, born in Chester, Pennsylvania. He has recorded with a variety of famous musicians, bandleaders, and record labels since the 1950s.
Belgrave was tutored by Clifford Brown before joining the Ray Charles touring band. He later worked with Gunther Schuller, Carl Craig, Max Roach, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, La Palabra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie and John Sinclair, amongst others.
A popular clinician and instructor, Belgrave is a frequent faculty member at Stanford Jazz Workshop and is currently visiting professor of jazz trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory. Among Belgrave's students are Rodney Whitaker, Kenny Garrett, Robert Hurst, Regina Carter, James Carter, Geri Allen, Karriem Riggins, and Carlos McKinney.
Since the 70's, his dedication to passing on the tradition of jazz to myriads of students from the bandstand and the respect he has from the entire jazz community as one of the most innovative and able musicians has earned him the unofficial title of Jazz Mayor of Detroit.