NPR is reporting that renown jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove has died of a cardiac arrest on the tender age of 49. News of his passing this morning was relayed to the media his longtime supervisor. His household is in the midst of penning his obituary.
Hargrove’s unbelievable expertise as a trumpeter noticed him transfer previous the confines of the jazz neighborhood, as he contributed to works by hip-hop artists like Common, Erykah Badu, and D’Angelo, amongst others. His precocious expertise was found by famed-jazz arranger and bandleader Wynton Marsalis, when Hargrove was however a highschool pupil developing in Dallas, Texas.
Hargrove was quickly jettisoned over to the distinguished Berklee College of Music, the place he inevitably “outgrew” his environment after solely one yr of enrollment. He then started his skilled profession as a jazz musician nicely earlier than reaching the authorized consuming age.
In 2000, he supplied all of the brass preparations on Erykah Badu’s 2nd album Mama’s Gun. Within the primary couple years of his “deployment,” Roy had already shaped his personal quintet, taking the Jazz World by storm. Those who know, know.
At the tender age of 49, Roy Hargroves had amassed a discography the likes of which usually takes “repeatedly productive” musicians a lifetime to finish. My sympathies exit to Roy’s household and those that knew him finest.