Grammy-Winning Jazz Trumpeter, Roy Hargrove, Dead at 49

Roy Hargrove is dead.

According to Rolling Stone, the Grammy-winning trumpeter and jazz musician’s death was confirmed by his longtime manager, who said that Hargrove’s cause of death was cardiac arrest. Hargrove got admitted into a New York City hospital with kidney issues earlier this week.

Reacting to the news of his death, the Roots’ Questove recalled watching the jazz musician perform. “The Great Roy Hargrove. He is literally the one man horn section I hear in my head when I think about music,” the drummer wrote. “To watch him harmonize with himself stacking nine horn lines on mamouth 10 mins songs RARELY rewinding to figure out what he did.”

Others include Erykah Badu, who also tweeted in remembrance of the trumpeter who worked on her 2000 LP Mama’s Gun and 2003 album Weather Underground.

“Very sad to learn of the passing of Roy Hargrove. What a masterful player and composer. Supernaturally talented, cool, and kind. We’ll remember him forever,” John Mayer wrote on Instagram.

Rolling Stone adds that Hargrove played alongside jazz legends like Sonny Rollins – who featured Hargrove on an album when the trumpeter was in his early 20s – and Jackie McLean, Jimmy Cobb, Oscar Peterson and Wynton Marsalis, who discovered the Texas native while touring the state in 1987.

As bandleader, Hargrove won a pair of Grammys: Best Latin Jazz Album in 1998 for Habana and Best Jazz Instrumental Album in 2002 for Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall, a collaboration with Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker.

He was 49.

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