Jazz trumpeter extraordinaire Eddie Henderson came to prominence in the early 1970s as a member of pianist Herbie Hancock's band, going on to lead his own electric/fusion groups through the decade. Henderson earned his medical degree and worked a parallel career as a psychiatrist and musician, turning back to acoustic jazz by the 1990s. Henderson was one of the few trumpeters who was strongly influenced by Miles Davis’ work of his early fusion period. He studied trumpet at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, but was trained to be a doctor before he permanently chose music.
His experiences with Hancock exerted a profound influence on Henderson as reflected in the music on his first two solo albums, Realization and Inside Out. After leaving Hancock, the trumpeter worked extensively with Pharoah Sanders, Norman Connors and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Eddie returned to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1975 where he joined the Latin-jazz group Azteca and led a rock-oriented group.
In the ’90s, he returned to playing acoustic hard bop (touring with Billy Harper in 1991) while also working as a psychiatrist. Henderson is a faculty member of Juilliard music school since 2007 and is Associate Professor of Trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory jazz department, beginning in 2014.