A trumpet legend dies at 49

The trumpet virtuoso and bandleader Roy Hargrove died on Friday night of cardiac arrest in a New York hospital, where he had been admitted with kidney failure.

He had been on dialysis for several years.

Hargrove, a protege of Wynton Marsalis, was seen as a bridge between jazz traditions and contemporary hip-hop.

Obituary here.

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  • How sad! I heard him play a couple of times when he turned up for a late-night jam session at a club, and generously played along with students and talented amateurs for free. He was a fabulous player and musician.

  • Really sad. I gravitate toward trumpeters with a nice fat sound and Hargrove was that and more. I consider the hiphop distractions of talented younger jazz musicians unfortunate detours from the jazz mainstream. S
    o for me, 2008’s “Earfood” was a high point. RIP Roy Hargrove. You will be missed.

  • “Strasbourg St-Denis” leaves us with wonderful memory of his concerts at Paris’ legendary New Morning jazz club.

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