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Roy Hargrove, Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter, dies at 49: New video 2018

Roy Hargrove, an incisive trumpeter who embodied the brightest promise of his jazz generation, both as a young steward of the bebop tradition and a savvy bridge to hip-hop and R&B, died on Friday night in New York City. He was 49.

The cause was cardiac arrest, according to his longtime manager, Larry Clothier. Hargrove had been admitted to the hospital for reasons related to kidney function; he was on dialysis for many years.

Hargrove was a two-time Grammy winner, in two illustrative categories: Best Jazz Instrumental Album in 2003 for Directions in Music, featuring a post-bop supergroup with pianist Herbie Hancock and saxophonist Michael Brecker; and Best Latin Jazz Performance in 1998 for Habana, a groundbreaking Afro-Cuban project recorded in Havana.

Roy Hargrove – the jazz trumpeter to contributed to albums by artists including D’Angelo, Erykah Badu. A prodigious talent whose star rose in the early 1990s, Roy Hargrove was discovered by Wynton Marsalis when he was still in high school. Marsalis gave Hargrove his start, allowing him to sit in with his band and introducing him to established musicians. After a single year at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Hargrove began his career in earnest, releasing solo albums and performing alongside notable jazz figures such as Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, Oscar Peterson, and more.

In 2000, he provided brass arrangements and performed on Erykah Badu’s sophomore album Mama’s Gun. That same year, he contributed to D’Angelo’s iconic record Voodoo and Common’s major label debut Like Water for Chocolate. In 2014, he would reunite with D’Angelo to perform on Black Messiah. A two-time Grammy winner, Hargrove continued to record and perform music live until his death.

Roy Hargrove had been scheduled to perform on Saturday in a jazz vespers service at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., as part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival.

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