Grammy-win­ning jazz trum­peter Roy Har­grove dies at age 49

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - METRO | STATE - BY AN­DREW DAL­TON AP En­ter­tain­ment Writer

LOS AN­GE­LES — Trum­peter Roy Har­grove, a pro­lific player who pro­vided his jazz sound to records across a vast range of styles and won two Gram­mys, has died at age 49, his man­ager said Satur­day.

Har­grove died in New York on Fri­day of car­diac ar­rest stem­ming from a long­time fight with kid­ney dis­ease, long­time man­ager Larry Cloth­ier said in a state­ment.

Cloth­ier said Har­grove “was known just as in­tensely for his brim­ming fire and fury as he was for his gor­geous, sig­na­ture bal­ladry. Over and over, his sound at­tested to and sanc­ti­fied his deep love for mu­sic. His un­selfish tim­bre cov­ered the water­front of ev­ery mu­si­cal land­scape.”

Many of Har­grove’s peers re­garded him as the great­est trum­peter of his gen­er­a­tion. Through his own bands and as a side­man, Har­grove brewed his jazz with African and Latin sounds, R&B, soul, pop, funk and hip-hop.

He led the pro­gres­sive, genre-meld­ing group The RH Fac­tor, played in ses­sions for Com­mon, Erykah Badu and D’An­gelo, and col­lab­o­rated with jazz gi­ants in­clud­ing Her­bie Han­cock and Wyn­ton Marsalis.

“He is lit­er­ally the one man horn sec­tion I hear in my head when I think about mu­sic,” Quest­love, drum­mer and leader of the Roots, said on In­sta­gram Satur­day. “Love to the im­mor­tal time­less ge­nius that will for­ever be Roy Har­grove y’all.”


Amer­i­can jazz trum­peter Roy Har­grove per­forms in July at the Five Con­ti­nents Jazz fes­ti­val, in Mar­seille, France. Har­grove died in New York from car­diac ar­rest stem­ming from a long­time fight with kid­ney dis­ease.

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