Friday 21st November
- Saturday 22nd November
£30.00 - £50.00
ROY HARGROVE - Trumpet, JUSTIN ROBINSON - Tenor Sax, SULLIVAN FORTNER - Piano, AMEEN SALEEM - Bass, QUINCY PHILLIPS - Drums
At 45, trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as one of the premier players in jazz and beyond. Ever-stretching into more challenging and colourful ways to flex his musical chops, he has left indelible imprints in a vast array of artful settings. A fine, straight-ahead player who spent his childhood years in Texas, Hargrove met trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis in 1987 when he visited Hargrove's high school in Dallas. Impressed with the student's sound, Marsalis allowed Hargrove to sit in with his band and helped him secure additional work with other major players. Hargrove attended Berklee before decamping to New York City where his studio career took flight. In 1990, the young Hargrove (he was only 20 at the time) released his first of five recordings for Novus before joining the Verve label where his sizeable roster includes ‘Habana’, a Grammy-winning album of Afro-Cuban music, a strings project ‘Moment to Moment’ and his acclaimed hip-hop collective The RH Factor featuring Erykah Badu and D'Angelo on who’s albums he had contributed. But Hargrove always remains indebted to hard bop with such albums as 2008's ‘Earfood’ and his 19-member big band on ‘Emergence’. Expect razor-sharp hard-bop and funky jazz with scalding solos from Hargrove on trumpet, saxophonist Justin Robinson, pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Quincy Phillips.
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