Roy Hargrove Dies

Roy Hargrove Dies

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NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) Roy Hargrove, 49, acclaimed jazz trumpeter, has died.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of the great Roy Anthony Hargrove, at age 49, in New York City last night from cardiac arrest due to complications from his valiant battle with kidney disease, according to his longtime manager, Larry Clothier,” it was recently announced on Facebook.

The two-time Grammy-winning trumpet player was discovered by Wynton Marsalis while he was still in high school, then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He performed alongside jazz legends like Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock as well as contemporaries like Erykah Badu and Common.

NPR called 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.”

Hargrove won Best Jazz Instrumental Album in 2003 for Directions In Music and Best Latin Jazz Performance in 199 for Habana, the groundbreaking Afro-Cuban project recorded in Havana.

Hargrove was scheduled to perform tonight in a jazz vespers service at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., according to NPR.

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