Roy Hargrove

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Roy Hargrove
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Background information
Birth nameRoy Anthony Hargrove
Born(1969-10-16)October 16, 1969
Waco, Texas, U.S.
DiedNovember 2, 2018(2018-11-02) (aged 49)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresJazz, Latin jazz, M-Base, soul
Occupation(s)Musician, band leader, composer
InstrumentsTrumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
Years active1987–2018
Associated actsThe Jazz Futures, The Jazz Networks, Crisol, Johnny Griffin, Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, David "Fathead" Newman, Mulgrew Miller
ChildrenKamala Hargrove

Roy Anthony Hargrove (October 16, 1969 – November 2, 2018) was an American jazz trumpeter. He won worldwide notice after winning two Grammy Awards for differing types of music in 1997 and in 2002. Hargrove primarily played in the hard bop style for the majority of his albums, especially performing jazz standards on his 1990s albums.

Hargrove was the bandleader of the progressive group the RH Factor, which combined elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul, and gospel music. Its members have included Chalmers "Spanky" Alford, Pino Palladino, James Poyser, Jonathan Batiste, and Bernard Wright. His longtime manager was Larry Clothier.


Hargrove was born in Waco, Texas, to Roy Allan Hargrove and Jacklyn Hargrove.[1][2][3] When he was 9, his family moved to Dallas, Texas.[2] He took lessons on trumpet and was discovered by Wynton Marsalis when Marsalis visited the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. One of his most profound early influences was a visit to his junior high school by saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman, who performed as a sideman in Ray Charles's Band.[4]

Hargrove spent one year (1988–1989) studying at Boston's Berklee College of Music but could more often be found in New York City jam sessions. He transferred to the New School in New York. His first recording there was with the saxophonist Bobby Watson. Shortly afterwards he made a recording with Superblue featuring Watson, Mulgrew Miller, Frank Lacy, and Kenny Washington. In 1990, he released his first solo album, Diamond in the Rough, on the Novus/RCA label. As a side project to his solo and quintet recordings, Hargrove also was the leader of The Jazz Networks, an ensemble which released 5 albums and featured other notable jazz artists, including Antonio Hart and Joshua Redman. Hargrove was commissioned by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and wrote The Love Suite: In Mahogany which premiered in 1993.

In 1994, now contracted to Verve, he recorded With the Tenors of Our Time, with Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Johnny Griffin, Joshua Redman, and Branford Marsalis. He recorded Family in 1995, then experimented with a trio format on the album Parker's Mood in 1995, with bassist Christian McBride and pianist Stephen Scott.

Hargrove won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 1998 for Habana with Crisol, the Afro-Cuban band he founded.[3] He won his second Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album in 2002 for Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall with co-leaders Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker.

In 2000, Hargrove used a jazz sound with a lot of groove and funk, performing and recording with neo soul singer D'Angelo, resulting in Voodoo.[5] Hargrove also performed the music of Louis Armstrong in Roz Nixon's musical production "Dedicated To Louis Armstrong" as part of the Verizon Jazz Festival. In 2002, he collaborated with D'Angelo and Macy Gray, the Soultronics, and Nile Rodgers, on two tracks for Red Hot & Riot, a compilation album in tribute to the music of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. He acted as sideman for jazz pianist Shirley Horn and rapper Common on the album Like Water for Chocolate and in 2002 with singer Erykah Badu on Worldwide Underground.

Personal life and death[edit]

A quiet and retiring person in life, Hargrove struggled with kidney failure.[6] He died of cardiac arrest brought on by kidney disease on November 2, 2018 while hospitalized in New Jersey. According to his manager, Larry Clothier, Hargrove had been on dialysis for the last 14 years of his life.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • 1990: Diamond in the Rough (Novus)
  • 1991: Public Eye (Novus)
  • 1992: Tokyo Sessions, Roy Hargrove and Antonio Hart (Novus)
  • 1992 Straight to the Standards– The Jazz Networks (Novus)
  • 1992: The Vibe (Novus)
  • 1993: Jazz Futures: Live in Concert (Novus)
  • 1993: Of Kindred Souls: The Roy Hargrove Quintet Live (Novus)
  • 1993: Beauty and the Beast – The Jazz Networks (Novus)
  • 1994: Blues 'n Ballads – The Jazz Networks (Novus)
  • 1994: Approaching Standards – compilation of tracks from 4 albums (BMG Music/Jazz Heritage 1995)
  • 1994: With the Tenors of Our Time – The Roy Hargrove Quintet (Verve)
  • 1994 In The Movies – The Jazz Networks (Novus)
  • 1995: Family (Verve)
  • 1995: Parker's Mood – with Christian McBride (bass), and Stephen Scott (piano) (Verve)
  • 1996 The Other Day – The Jazz Networks (Novus)
  • 1997: Habana – Roy Hargrove's Crisol (Verve), Latin Jazz Grammy Winner
  • 2000: Moment to Moment – Roy Hargrove with Strings (Verve)
  • 2002: Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall – co-led by Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker (Verve), Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group 2003
  • 2003: Hard Groove – The RH Factor (Verve)
  • 2004: Strength – The RH Factor (EP, Verve)
  • 2006: Distractions – The RH Factor (Verve)
  • 2006: Nothing Serious (Verve)
  • 2008: Earfood – The Roy Hargrove Quintet (EmArcy)
  • 2009: Emergence – The Roy Hargrove Big Band (Groovin' High)

As sideman[edit]


  1. ^ "Riffs on Roy". 30 April 1996. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Russonello, Giovanni (November 3, 2018). "Roy Hargrove, Trumpeter Who Gave Jazz a Jolt of Youth, Dies at 49". Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Roy Hargrove Biography at". October 16, 1969. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Roy Hargrove primer: 5 things to know about the trumpeter – The Mercury News". 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  5. ^ Voodoo - D'Angelo | Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-09-25
  6. ^ "Roy Hargrove, Grammy-Winning Jazz Trumpeter, Dies At 49". Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Superblue". AllMusic. Retrieved February 7, 2014.

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