Roy Hargrove

Born: October 16, 1969    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

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....
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Source: Kandie Le Britain Webster, Editor

... “[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.

(This is a "Work In Progress..." — kw)

Roy Hargrove Quintet
Release Date: April 28, 2008
Recording Label: Emarcy
Personnel: Roy Hargrove, Trumpet and Flugelhorn; Justin Robinson, Alto Saxophone and Flute; Gerald Clayton, piano; Danton Boller, Bass; Montez Coleman, drums.
Tracks:I'm Not So Sure, Brown, Strasbourg / St. Denis, Starmaker, Joy Is Sorrow Unmasked, The Stinger, Rouge, Mr.Clean, Style, Divine, To Wisdom, The Prize, Speak Low, Bring It On Home To Me
About the Album: "Virtuoso US trumpeter Roy Hargrove returns with his latest album Earfood, a richly hued acoustic jazz suite that effortlessly brings together his multi-faceted musical vision, of deep grooves, memorable tunes and superb ensemble playing and solos." ~Emarcy

"2008 album recorded by Roy's working quintet, playing a repertoire consisting of songs they play live while on tour, mixed in with a few new originals. Simple melodies moving around luscious chords are to the fore, and Roy gets back to his Jazz roots after the RH Factor releases. Ear Food presents a richly colored snapshot of an artist reaching his prime, a young player once dubbed ubiquitously as the 'Young Lion', is now head of The Jazz Pride. He has nothing left to prove as his current trumpet sound reveals in his total command of tone that’s inflected with subtle emotions and, when needed, pure Hard Bop power. 13 tracks." ~Universal.

Read the AAJ review on Earfood by Ian Patterson, June 14, 2008. (The link is under "Articles" on Roy's musician page.)

Roy Hargrove Quintet
Release Date: May 2, 2006
Recording Label: Verve
Personnel: Roy Hargrove, Trumpet and Flugelhorn; Justin Robinson, Alto Saxophone and Flute; Ronnie Matthews, piano; Dwayne Burno, bass; Willie Jones III, drums; Special Guest — Slide Hampton, trombone on "a Day In Vienna," "Salima's Dance," and "Invitation."
Tracks: Nothing Serious, A Day In Vienna, Trust, Camaraderie, Devil Eyes, The Gift, Salima's Dance, Invitation.
Special Notes: Released simultaneously with Distractions.
Quote: "So much for the myth that jazz musicians like Hargrove can't play funk and swing at the same time." —Eugene Holley, Jr.

Roy Hargrove and The RH Factor
Release Date: May 2, 2006
Recording Label: Verve
Tracks: Distractions (Intro), Crazy Race, Kansas City Funk, On The One, Family, Distractions 2, A Place, Hold On, Bull***t, Distractions 3, Can't Stop, Distractions 4.
Special Notes: Released simultaneously with Nothing Serious; This recording is labeled with the warning, "Explicit Lyrics."

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KPLU885 | December 03, 2009 Trumpeter Roy Hargrove performed live at KPLU's Seattle studios on December 2, 2009, during his 6-day performances at Jazz Alley. This studio visit is hosted by Abe Beeson. Hargrove was accompanied by pianist Jonathan Batiste, bassist Ameen Saleem, saxophonist Justin Robinson, and drummer Montez Coleman. Roy says, "The working title right now is "Soulful."

June 06, 2009 Awesome performance of the jazz standard "Invitation" from Roy Hargrove. From the "Legends of Jazz" Series DVD.The DVD includes performances, interviews and more.

Roy Hargrove at Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on August 25, 2007. Only 47 seconds, but you get to see him smile!

The Roy Hargrove Quintet playing "IN YOUR FACE" at the CATALINA DRIFT in 2007. Montez Coleman on drums.

Roy Hargrove playing beautifully on the flugelhorn on "I Remember Clifford" with Dizzy Gillespie All Stars in Burghausen 2007.

A very young Roy Hargrove with the Metropole Jazz Orchestra at the North Sea Jazz Festival playing on "It Ain't Necessariily So."

Poignant rendition of "Fools Rush In"(Mercer/Bloom) by Roy Hargrove on the flugelhorn last night at Marina da Gloria ... Roy Hargrove in Rio - 2006.

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