Eddie Henderson


Oral History Information

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Musician, Trumpeter

Eddie Henderson is a medical doctor who found himself in high demand by some of the legends of jazz. His mother was a dancer at the Cotton Club in New York and had the connection to introduce young Eddie to Louis Armstrong. Louis provided Eddie with his first trumpet lesson and was a great source of inspiration. While in medical school he continued to play trumpet whenever he could, which gained the attention of Herbie Hancock who hired Eddie in 1970. He recorded his first two albums with Herbie, Realization (1972) and Inside Out (1973). Eddie continued to record and perform with the likes of George Cables, Billy Hart and bassist Cecil McBee.