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Click here to see Roy Hargrove at the Union Chapel, London.

16 October 1969 – 2 November 2018

Gifted jazz trumpeter, Roy Hargrove has died at age 49 after suffering cardiac arrest.
Hargrove had been on dialysis for many years and had been admitted to the hospital for “reasons related to kidney function” at the time of his death.

Roy Hargrove was born in Waco, Texas, October 16, 1969. He was surrounded by music from an early age (his father was a musician in the army) but it was his elementary and high school band director, Dean Hill, who sparked his interest in a performing career. Hill would prove to be an important mentor and guide encouraging Hargrove to explore many elements of jazz and various jazz musicians.

Hargrove spent two years at Boston’s prestigious Berklee School of Music (1988 -1990) and attended the New School for Social Research Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in 1990. During this time Hargrove could also be found sitting in on jam sessions with various musicians around New York City clubs.

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis invited Hargrove to sit in with his group at the Caravan Of Dreams Performing Arts Center in Fort Worth, Texas after listening to his performance at the Dallas Arts Magnet High School. Marsalis would later contribute on Hargrove’s acclaimed 1995 “Family” album.

Hargrove’s debut album “Diamond in the Rough” and three succeeding recordings were among the most commercially successful jazz recordings of the early 1990’s. Hargrove however, would not rest on his laurels and continued honing his craft by performing with jazz luminaries such as saxophonist Sonny Rollins and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

To date Hargrove has worked, or recorded with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Joushua Redman, Jackie McLean, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Diana Ross, Rhian Benson, Erikah Badu, D’Angelo, the late Shirley Horn and Kenny Rankin to name a few.

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Roy Hargrove @ the Union Chapel (Click to go to his page)

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