Town Hall Symphony Hall were extremely saddened to hear the news that legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, who has performed at both venues on numerous occasions, passed away on Tuesday. His family said he "passed peacefully" after a long but courageous battle with cancer.
Vividly portraying the struggles, sorrows and passions of life in apartheid South Africa during the 1960s, Masekela left the brutality, oppression and racial segregation behind for a life in America. He soon shot to stardom with a little help from international friends Yehudi Menuhin, John Dankworth and Harry Belafonte and with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound he soon gained global recognition.
Among his performances in Birmingham Hugh appeared at Symphony Hall in 2010 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
One of our regular photographers Jason Sheldon reminisced on his visit in the below Instagram post, touching on Hugh's undeniable charm. For this particular performance at Symphony Hall he performed Jason Yarde’s Flugelhorn Concerto as well as a new composition written for the Town Hall Gospel Choir.