Roy Hargrove, a jazz musician who became known as the young face of the genre, died Friday night in New York City. He was 49, according to The New York Times.
Hargrove’s longtime manager, Larry Clothier, said the trumpeter died from cardiac arrest due to kidney complications at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He said the 49-year-old had spent the past 13 years on dialysis for kidney disease.
Hargrove was known for infusing hip-hop and R&B into his music. In the late ’90s, he worked on D’Angelo’s neo-soul album Voodoo, which won the Grammy for Best R&B album in 2001. According to NPR, during the Soulquarian era, he also worked on critically acclaimed albums Like Water for Chocolate by Common and Mama’s Gun by Erykah Badu.
Roots’ drummer Questlove, who witnessed Hargrove compose music for the aforementioned projects, shared a lengthy Instagram post about Hargrove’s impact on music.
“The Great Roy Hargrove,” Questlove wrote. “He is literally the one man horn section I hear in my head when I think about music … I can’t properly document how crucial and spot on Roy was with his craft man. We NEVER gave him instructions: just played the song and watched him go.”
Hargrove is survived by his wife, Aida; a daughter, Kamala; his mother; and a brother, Brian.
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