Roy Hargrove

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Roy Hargrove at the ZMF Freiburg (July 2018)

Roy Anthony Hargrove (born October 16, 1969 in Waco , Texas , † November 2, 2018 in New York City ) was an American jazz and funk trumpeter.

Live and act

He was discovered by Wynton Marsalis while he was attending Hargroves High School in Dallas . The saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman , who performed with Ray Charles at his high school, had a strong influence on Hargrove . Hargrove studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1988 to 1989 , but at that time already performed often in New York and eventually moved to The New School there . There he made his first recordings together with the saxophonist Bobby Watson . This was followed by recordings with Superblue , Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Washington . In 1990 his first solo album Diamond in the Rough was released .

His record label Verve enabled Hargrove to record with many greats of jazz, including Joe Henderson , Stanley Turrentine , Johnny Griffin , Joshua Redman and Branford Marsalis . In 1993 he composed The Love Suite: In Mahogany for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra .

Roy Hargrove has worked with a wide variety of musicians. At the beginning he often played with Shirley Horn (live and on records); he also recorded with Kitty Margolis . He often worked with Erykah Badu (who he also went to school with), Common , D'Angelo, and Me'shell Ndegeocello . In 1998 he received the Grammy Award for his album Habana with his Afro-Cuban band Crisol . In 2002 he won the Grammy a second time, this time with Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker for the album Directions in Music .

In 2014, a Manhattan court sentenced Hargrove to two days of community work for being caught buying cocaine . Hargrove was the founder and leader of The RH Factor, where he combined elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop , soul and gospel . In 2009 he presented Emergence, a big band production with singer Roberta Gambarini . After Hargrove was admitted to a New York hospital with a longstanding kidney disease, according to his manager Larry Clothier, he died of heart failure on November 2, 2018, at the age of 49.

Discography (selection)

Roy Hargrove at the Aalen Jazzfest (2002)
  • Diamond in the Rough (Novus, 1989)
  • Public Eye (1991 with Roy Hargrove, Billy Higgins, Antonio Hart, Stephen Scott, Christian McBride)
  • Tokyo Sessions (1992)
  • Beauty and the Beast (BMG, 1992)
  • Of Kindred Souls (Novus, 1993)
  • With the Tenors of our Times (Verve, 1994 with Johnny Griffin, Joe Henderson, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Stanley Turrentine)
  • Approaching Standards (Novus / Jive, 1994)
  • Family (Verve, 1995)
  • Parker's Mood: Tribute to Charlie Parker (Verve, 1995, with Christian McBride and Stephen Scott)
  • Habana (Verve, 1997)
  • Moment to Moment (Verve, 2000)
  • Directions in Music (Verve, 2002, with Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker )
  • Strength - EP (Verve, 2004, with The RH Factor)
  • Hard Groove (Verve 2003, with The RH Factor)
  • Better Times Ahead (Sideman) (Verve, 2006, featured by Anke Helfrich Trio)
  • Distractions (Verve, 2006, with The RH Factor)
  • Nothing Serious (Verve, 2006)
  • Earfood (Emarcy Rec, 2008)
  • Emergence (Verve, 2009, with Big Band)
  • A Night in Monte-Carlo (2010 3 Deuce Records, with Marcus Miller and Raul Midón )
  • Live in Studio (Whaling City Sound; 2015)

Web links

Commons : Roy Hargrove  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. 2014: The Year in Jazz , All About Jazz, January 5, 2015, accessed January 6, 2015
  2. ^ Roy Hargrove, Grammy-Winning Jazz Trumpeter, Dies At 49 on, November 3, 2018