Roy Anthony Hargrove (born October 16, 1969) is an American jazz trumpeter. He won worldwide notice after winning two Grammy Awards for differing types of music, in 1997 and in 2002. Hargrove has played primarily with jazz musicians including Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock.
Hargrove is the bandleader of the progressive group the RH Factor, which combines elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul, and gospel music. Its members have included Chalmers "Spanky" Alford, Pino Palladino, James Poyser, Jonathan Batiste and Bernard Wright.
Hargrove was born in Waco, Texas, United States, to parents who early in his childhood discovered his musical potential, and with lessons on the trumpet, was discovered as a potential jazz talent when trumpet player Wynton Marsalis visited his high school, Dallas's Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. One of his influences was saxophone player David "Fathead" Newman, who performed in Ray Charles' Band at Hargrove's junior high school.
Hargrove spent one year (1988–1989) studying at Boston's Berklee College of Music, but could more often be found in New York City jam sessions, and finally transferred to the New School, in New York. His first recording there was with the saxophonist Bobby Watson. Shortly afterwards he made a recording with Superblue featuring Watson, Mulgrew Miller, and Kenny Washington. In 1990 he released his first solo album, Diamond in the Rough, on the Novus/RCA label, along with four other albums.
In 1993 he was commissioned by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and wrote The Love Suite: In Mahogany.
In 1994, after he moved to Verve, he took the opportunity to record with some of the major jazz musicians on With the Tenors of Our Time, including Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Johnny Griffin, Joshua Redman, and Branford Marsalis.
Hargrove recorded Family in 1995, and then experimented with a trio format on the album Parker's Mood in 1995, with Verve artists bassist Christian McBride and pianist Stephen Scott.
Hargrove won his first Grammy Award in 1998 for the album Habana with the Afro-Cuban band he founded, Crisol. He went on to win a second Grammy Award in 2002 for Directions in Music with Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker.
In 2000, Hargrove used a jazz sound with a lot of groove and funk, performing and recording with nu soul singer D'Angelo, resulting in Voodoo.
In 2002, he collaborated with D'Angelo and other soul artists, Macy Gray, the Soultronics, and Nile Rodgers, on two tracks for Red Hot & Riot, a compilation CD in tribute to the music of afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti.
He acted as sideman for jazz pianist Shirley Horn, rapper Common, on the album Like Water for Chocolate and in 2002, with singer Erykah Badu on Worldwide Underground.
Roy Hargrove continues to tour to festivals and clubs in various parts of the world with the Roy Hargrove Quintet and the Roy Hargrove Big Band.
- 1989: Diamond in the Rough (Novus)
- 1990: Public Eye (Novus)
- 1992: Tokyo Sessions, Roy Hargrove and Antonio Hart (Novus)
- 1992: The Vibe (Novus)
- 1993: Jazz Futures: Live in Concert (Novus)
- 1993: Of Kindred Souls: The Roy Hargrove Quintet Live, Various Concerts (Novus)
- 1993: Beauty and the Beast, The Jazz Networks (Novus)
- 1994: Blues 'n Ballads, The Jazz Networks (Novus)
- 1994/1995: Approaching Standards, Compilation of tracks from 4 Albums(1994 BMG Music/1995 Jazz Heritage)
- 1994: With the Tenors of Our Time, The Roy Hargrove Quintet (Verve)
- 1995: Family (Verve)
- 1995: Parker's Mood – with Christian McBride (bass), and Stephen Scott (piano) (Verve)
- 1996: Oscar Peterson meets Roy Hargrove and Ralph Moore [With Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass) and Lewish Nash (drums)]
- 1997: Habana, – Roy Hargrove's Crisol (Verve), Latin Jazz Grammy Winner
- 2000: Moment to Moment Roy Hargrove with Strings (Verve)
- 2002: Directions In Music with Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove (Verve), Grammy Winner
- 2003: Hard Groove, – The RH Factor (Verve)
- 2004: Strength, – The RH Factor (Verve)
- 2006: Distractions, – The RH Factor (Verve)
- 2006: Nothing Serious (Verve)
- 2008: Earfood, – The Roy Hargrove Quintet (Emarcy)
- 2009: Emergence, – The Roy Hargrove Big Band (Groovin' High)
- 1988: with Superblue: Superblue (Blue Note Records)
- 1991: with Sonny Rollins: "Here's to the People", on "I Wish I Knew" and "Young Roy" only (Milestone)
- 1992: with Jackie McLean: "Rhythm Of the Earth" (1992)
- 1993: with Bob Thiele Collective: Lion Hearted
- 1995: with Shirley Horn: The Main Ingredient (Verve)
- 1995: with Christian McBride: Gettin' to It
- 1995: with Jimmy Smith: Damn!
- 1996: with Jimmy Smith: Angel Eyes
- 2000: with the Ray Brown Trio: Some of My Best Friends Are...The Trumpet Players (Telarc)
- 2000: with Erykah Badu: Mama's Gun
- 2000: with D'Angelo: Voodoo
- 2000: with Common: Like Water for Chocolate
- 2001: with Roy Haynes: Birds of a Feather: A Tribute to Charlie Parker
- 2002: with Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker: Directions in Music: Live at Massey Hall (Verve)
- 2003: with Erykah Badu: Worldwide Underground
- 2003: with Shirley Horn: May the Music Never End (Verve)
- 2006: with John Mayer: Continuum
- 2007: with the Jimmy Cobb Quartet: Cobb's Corner
- 2008: with John Beasley: Letter to Herbie
- 2008: with Roy Assaf & Eddy Khaimovich Quartet: "Andarta" [Origin Records 82515]
- 2009: with the Jimmy Cobb Quartet: Jazz in the Key of Blue, with Russell Malone on guitar and John Webber on Bass
- 2010: with Marcus Miller & L`Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo "A Night in Monte Carlo"
- 2010: with Angelique Kidjo: Õÿö, on "Samba Pa Ti" only
- 2011: with Cyrille Aimée: Cyrille Aimée & Friends (Live at Smalls)