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KC Jazz with Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller

Roy Hargrove

When trumpeter Roy Hargrove plays, he often looks like he's just learned a really juicy secret. If you haven't seen him, he's a small guy -- strong -- and always wearing the latest threads. As soon as he starts to play, you'll find you can't take your eyes off him. But bottom line: he is all about the music. In fact, he does very little talking onstage. His music speaks.

His secret on this concert from the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is that pianist Mulgrew Miller has played with Roy's quintet only once before. That was last night! Mulgrew is a "sub," but he brings so much that you'd never know he's not a full-time member of this high-energy quintet.

Roy Hargrove started to learn trumpet in the fourth grade in his hometown of Waco, Texas. By age 16, he was studying music at Dallas's prestigious Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts where he was "discovered" (so to speak) by Wynton Marsalis, who was conducting a jazz clinic there.

Roy eventually went east, found his way with ease onto the competitive New York scene, played in Europe, popped up in Cuba, and has become an award-winning musician who always delivers. In 2003, he won his most recent Grammy for "Best Instrumental Jazz Album" for Directions in Music with saxophonist Michael Brecker and pianist Herbie Hancock.

At the Kennedy Center, Roy's every note is jazz. Enjoy!

Roy Hargrove, trumpet
Justin Robinson, alto sax
Mulgrew Miller, piano
Dwayne Burno, bass
Willie Jones III, drums

"Two Angels" (Hargrove)
"Transition" (Coltrane)
"Stairway to the Stars" )Malneck/Parish/Signorelli)
"The Public Eye" (Hargrove)


  • Roy Hargrove on the Web

  • Mulgrew Miller on the Web

  • Kennedy Center Jazz

    Our concert was produced by Kevin Struthers. JazzSet Field Producer is Mark Schramm. Recording Engineer, Greg Hartman of Big Mo Recording, with Chris Weal. Post production by Duke Markos. Writer, Molly Murphy (welcome aboard, Molly!). Audio Engineer, Ginger Bruner of KNPR-FM in Las Vegas. Producer Becca Pulliam; Executive Producer, Thurston Briscoe the Third, of WBGO-FM in Newark.

    Copyright 2007 NPR