Morgan Marker

One of the greatest trumpeters in jazz history is getting a historical marker in Philadelphia. Lee Morgan will be memorialized with a plaque in Philadelphia. According to “Lee will join John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, and his union, Union Local 274 of the American Federation of Musicians, with a historical marker in Philadelphia. The blue-and-gold marker will be installed in front of the former location of Music City where as a high school student Lee participated in instructional clinics and Tuesday night jam sessions with jazz luminaries, including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Miles Davis.”

For a donation you can attend the dedication ceremony on a date still yet to be determined. For more info go to All That Philly Jazz at

Lee Morgan was tragically shot and killed by his common law wife, Helen in 1972. To learn more about this tumultuous relationship check out the fantadtic documentary “ I Called Him Morgan”

Photo credit: Kasper Collin Produktion AB / Courtesy of the Afro-American Newspaper Archives and Research Center

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