I've just learned that trumpeter Roy Hargrove died Friday night of complications from kidney failure. He was 49. Hargrove was the first jazz musician I ever saw at a real live venue: at the Vanguard, in 1992. The last time I saw him was outside the Blue Note last year, in a jacket and high tops, looking cool and confident. Shocked and saddened that he has left us tonight, way too soon.
I'll leave it to those who played with and knew him best to talk about what he meant to jazz, and music at large:
Sonny Rollins: https://twitter.com/sonnyrollins/status/1058867413679108096
Ambrose Akinmusire: https://twitter.com/amBROSEire/status/1058737607373246464
Our own coverage of Roy's appearance at Winter JazzFest 2014: https://www.feastofmusic.com/feast_of_music/2014/01/winter-jazzfest-2014-friday-marathon.html
Finally, a performance by the Roy Hargrove Quartet at the Vanguard, recorded by WBGO in 2011: https://www.npr.org/2011/05/25/136617130/roy-hargrove-quintet-live-at-the-village-vanguard