Freddie Hubbard, 70, arguably the most important jazz trumpeter after 1960, suffered heart failure and collapsed last Sunday, December 1 at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. He has since been in the Intensive Care Unit at Sherman Oaks hospital where, as of Friday, he remained in a coma.
“He is being worked on to revive certain organs’ function,” says Ricky Schultz, a jazz marketing executive in Los Angeles. “I’m told there were some encouraging signs but his condition remains critical.”
Hubbard was in the midst of a renaissance of sorts; after an infection damaged his lip in 1992, his playing has been infrequent and uneven, and a series of health and financial problems had further sidelined him. This summer, however, had seen the release of a CD recorded with the New Jazz Composers Octet, On the Real Side, which created renewed attention in the legendary trumpeter (and cover stories in both major jazz magazines, JazzTimes and Down Beat).
Hang in there, Freddie.