Roy Hargrove, trumpeter
the RH Factor
birth name: Roy Anthony Hargrove

Roy Hargrove

October 16, 1969, Waco, TX

Hargrove has played primarily with jazz musicians including Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock. Hargrove is the bandleader of the progressive group the RH Factor, which combines elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul and gospel music. Its members have included Chalmers ‘Spanky’ Alford, Pino Palladino, James Poyser, Jonathan Batiste and Bernard Wright. ~ Wikipedia: Roy Hargrove ~ retrieved October 16, 2013 © Wikipedia

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October 16, 1971 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (5) The Osmonds, Yo-Yo ~ #2 (3) The Carpenters, Superstar/Bless The Beasts And Children ~ #1 (1) Rod Stewart, Maggie May/Reason To Believe


Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as one of this generation's premier players in jazz and beyond. […] 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. ~ All about Jazz: Roy Hargrove ~ retrieved October 16, 2013 © All About Jazz

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Steve Coleman & the Five Elements ~ The Tao Of Mad Phat: Fringe Zones (1993) ~ Ranked #82 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ Jazz as funk, funk as jazz: the two lexicons entwine and merge so as to lose meaning in one of the great live records of the 1990s. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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