Roy Hargrove, jazz great who worked with Erykah Badu and Common, dead at 49

Photo: via Verve Records

Legendary jazz musician Roy Hargrove has died at the age of 49. According to Hargrove’s manager, Larry Clothier, he died in New York on November 2 due to complications from a cardiac arrest.

Born on Oct. 16, 1969, in Waco, Texas, Hargrove attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, which also produced successful artists such as Erykah Badu and Norah Jones. Hargrove rose to prominence on the jazz scene as a trumpeter during the late 1980s and released his debut album, Diamond in the Rough, in 1990.

Hargrove would release 21 albums as a soloist and provided his sound to over 50 projects during his career.

The two-time Grammy Award-winner found ways to bridge hip-hop and jazz at a time when both of the genres appeared to be headed in opposite directions from a commercial standpoint. Hargrove worked with Erykah Badu on her albums, Mama’s Gun and Worldwide Underground; D’Angelo on albums Voodoo and Black Messiah; and Common’s album Like Water for Chocolate.

Several notable artists have paid tribute to Hargrove on social media.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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