Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard is primarily known for playing bebop, hard bop and post bebop jazz. His unmistakable style and influential tone contributed significantly to the development of modern jazz. In 1977 Hubbard joined ex-Miles Davis quintet members pianist Herbie Hancock, drummer Tony Williams, bassist Ron Carter and saxophonist Wayne Shorter to form the VSOP Quintet. Several award winning live recordings of the group were released in 1977 and 1979. Although plagued with health problems from 1992 to his death in 2008, Hubbard continued playing and recording occasionally, although not at the high level he'd established earlier in his career. In 2006 The National Endowment for the Arts honored Freddie Hubbard with its highest honor in jazz, The NEA Jazz Masters Award.