Roy Hargrove, Jazz Trumpeter, Dies at 49

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Roy Hargrove performs on Oct. 11, 1997 at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove has reportedly passed away at the age of 49. According to manager Larry Clothier, Hargrove died Saturday (Nov. 3) in New York City of cardiac arrest.

The trumpeter, who recorded with the likes of Erykah Badu, D'Angelo and Common, had recently been hospitalized with kidney problems.

Hargrove was discovered as a high school student by Wynton Marsalis and went on to perform alongside jazz titans like Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins and Oscar Peterson. In 1998, he took home a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Performance for his work on Habana, and in 2003, he won the award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Directions in Music.

He had been slated to perform Saturday at the TD James Moody Jazz Festival in Newark, N.J.


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