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Roy Hargrove

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as one of this generation's premier players in jazz and beyond. Hargrove was born in Waco, TX on October 16, 1969. Inspired by the gospel music he heard in church on Sundays and the R&B and funk music that played on the radio, Roy began learning the trumpet in the fourth grade. By junior high school, he was playing at an advanced level of proficiency. At 16, he was studying music at Dallas's prestigious Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts.

Midway through his junior year, Roy was "discovered" by Wynton Marsalis, who was conducting a jazz clinic at the school. Impressed, Marsalis invited Roy to sit in with his band at Ft. Worth's Caravan of Dreams Performing Arts Center. Subsequently, Hargrove was able to return to the venue over a period of the next three months, sitting in with Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard and Bobby Hutcherson. Word of Roy’s talent reached Paul Ackett, founder and Director of The North Sea Jazz Festival who arranged for him to perform there that summer. This led to a month-long European Tour.

Hargrove spent one year (1988-1989) studying at Boston's Berklee School of Music, but could more often be found in NYC jam sessions, which resulted in his transferring to New York’s New School. His first recording in NYC was with the saxophonist Bobby Watson followed shortly by a session with the up-and-comers super group, Superblue featuring Watson, Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Washington. In 1990, he released his solo debut, Diamond In The Rough, on the Novus/RCA label, for which he would record a total of four albums that document his incubational growth as a “young lion” to watch. Hargrove made his Verve Records debut in 1994 on With The Tenors Of Our Time, showcasing him with stellar sax men Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Johnny Griffin, Joshua Redman and Branford Marsalis.

Every album Roy has released on Verve has been different from the one preceding it. And the same can be said of the array of talents who have invited him to grace the stage and/or their recordings - from jazz legends Sonny Rollins and Jackie McLean to song stylists Natalie Cole, Diana Krall and Abbey Lincoln. From pop veterans Diana Ross, Steve Tyrell and Kenny Rankin to younger stars John Mayer and Rhian Benson to the crème de la crème of jazz divas: Carmen McRae and the late, great Shirley Horn. Hargrove was also commissioned by the Lincoln Jazz Center to compose the piece “The Love Suite: In Mahogany,” which was performed in 1993. He is also a superstar of the international touring scene with his quintet, RH Factor, and as a soloist.

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... "[It was] Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, God rest his soul, and a whole host of others that came along during a time when it went from big band to small group and made the music very intellectual,” said musician Roy Hargrove. ~~ in The New York Times, ARTS, October 21, 2007, during the Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Manhattan.
Theo Croker
trumpet
Sharel Cassity
saxophone
Gijs Levelt
trumpet
DAOUD
trumpet
Gabriel Bey
trumpet
Julian Hartwell
keyboards
Wild Card
band/orchestra
Paul Giess
trumpet
Tyr Morris
flugelhorn
The Spice Cabinet
band/orchestra
Brain Salad
band/orchestra
Nate Petersen
trombone, bass
Nicolas Lanctot
guitar, electric

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Wild is the Wind

Slea Head Records
2021

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In Harmony

Resonance Records
2021

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Remembering U

Jimmy Cobb World
2019

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The Time Is Now

In + Out Records
2018

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Emergence

EmArcy
2009

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Earfood

Decca Music Group
2008

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