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Roy Hargrove, Grammy-Winning Jazz Trumpet Player, Dies at 49

”He is literally the one man horn section I hear in my head when I think about music,“ Questlove posted on Instagram in memoriam

Roy Hargrove, a Grammy-winning jazz trumpet player who has collaborated with Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock and modern R&B and soul acts including Common, D’Angelo and Erykah Badu, has died. He was 49.

According to his Facebook page, Hargrove died on Nov. 2. NPR says Hargrove died of cardiac arrest, according to his longtime manager Larry Clothier. A representative for Hargrove did not immediately respond to TheWrap for comment.

“He is literally the one man horn section I hear in my head when I think about music,” Questlove posted to Instagram Saturday. “Love to the immortal timeless genius that will forever be Roy Hargrove y’all.”


Hargrove won a Grammy in 1998 for his Afro-Cuban album “Habana” with the band Crisol, and a second in 2002 for the album “Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall,” along with co-bandleaders Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker. He was also the frontman for The RH Factor, which combined elements of jazz with funk, hip-hop, soul and gospel.

Hargrove had been scheduled to perform today at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, as part of a jazz vespers service. His Facebook page has  posted a series of in memoriam shows to celebrate his life, which you can find here.