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Los Angeles ~ Freddie Hubbard's 75th Memorial Birth Celebration at Catalina's Bar and Grill on October 10, 2013!



Phil Ranelin is one of my favorite trombone players on the scene today. He has his own unique style and a warm, attractive sound. - Freddie Hubbard

Catalina’s Bar & Grill Proudly Presents
“Freddie’s Groove”

A Memorial Celebration of Freddie Hubbard’s 75th Birth Year!
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Exploring some of Freddie’s classic compositions and Ranelin’s own “Freddie’s Groove” written in honor of the legendary trumpeter

Phil Ranelin - Trombone
Pablo Calogero - Reeds
Jacob Scesney - Reeds
Aneesa Al-Musawwir - Bass
Mahesh Balasooriya - Piano
Don Littleton - Drums

$20 Cover, Students with ID $10 - Doors Open at 7PM, Showtime: 8:30PM


Freddie Hubbard's former trombonist, Phil Ranelin, shares why acknowledging Hubbard's 75th Memorial Birth Year is important to him:

When we were growing up together in Indianapolis, Indiana back in the 1940s, little did I know that I would develop a lifelong friendship with one of the most important Jazz figures of the twentieth century. 

Surviving in the land of the Klan as a young black male was a feat in itself. At age 5, I experienced the ugly head of racism when I barely escaped with my life after being attacked by a group of white teenage thugs three blocks from where I lived. The attack actually ended in my front yard where I was saved by my dog! How crazy. But this was the general climate of Indianapolis, especially in the forties.

When I met Freddie Hubbard in the beginning of 1948, he was 9 years of age and I was 8 years old.  At that time, we went to different schools that happened to hate each other. So even though we both lived on the east side, we were from rival neighborhoods.

 Fast forward to 1951 when we were both a part of the Indianapolis Grade School All City Band.  Freddie and I set aside territorial differences and through our love for music (and basketball), we become friends and it lasted up until he made his transition.

It's been amazing to me that Freddie's true genius has never been truly acknowledged among the masses. Yes, his diehard fans knew how great he was. In my opinion, his greatness should be common knowledge to anyone who appreciates the great art form known as Jazz.

Back in March of 1998, Freddie and I were having a conversation when I suddenly realized that he was about to turn 60 years old in less than a month. This was a rough time for him because he had been battling issues with his “chops’. He was pretty down about it but he didn't show that publicly.

"Hey Hub, I just realized that you're turning 60 next month."  I said.

"Can you believe it?" he replied.

"We gotta celebrate.  I'm going to throw a big party for you!"  I said.

With the help of my manager, Dalili Pierson, we put together a beautiful party for him in less than a month.  Along with resolutions from elected officials, we were able to fill up the 1000 seat Vision Theater in Leimert Park in Los Angeles, California.  I'm very proud of that accomplishment.

Come celebrate Freddy Hubbard’s legacy with us on October 10, 2013, at Catalina’s Bar and Grill!


Catalina’s Bar & Grill
6725 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood CA 90028

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