The Red Sea Jazz Festival is proud to present an original production in homage to one of the greatest musicians of our generation – Roy Hargrove. To commemorate and celebrate the life and work of this brilliant Afro-American trumpeter, an elite group of young Israeli musicians from the NYC jazz scene joined in this debut performance starring with trumpeter Marquis Hill.
It was Friday, early in November of last year, when we received the sudden announcement of the death of Roy Anthony Hargrove. The entire world of music mourns the untimely departure of Hargrove who was only 49 years old, one of the most influential modern jazz musicians of our generation. Since the launch of his career in the late 1980s, and over less than three decades, Hargrove has created an impressive resume with two Grammy Award winnings, 20 album releases as bandleader and more than 50 albums as a contributing artist. He worked alongside Herbie Hancock, Michael Baker and other jazz world legends and collaborated with pop and soul stars such as D’Angelo and Erykah Badu. Both his inspiring collaborations and spirited independent creation have positioned him at the forefront of fusing together jazz and other black music styles such as hip-hop, funk, soul and gospel.
Especially created to honor Hargrove and his significant contribution, this Red Sea Jazz Festival original production masterfully outlines the characteristics and legacy of one of the leading jazz and groove musicians of recent decades. To recreate the vibe of Hargrove’s most famous quintet, the selected band includes four of the top Israeli musicians currently in NYC – Alon Benjamini, Alexander Levin, Tom Oren and Alon Near – who are deeply connected to and inspired by his work. Trumpeter Marquis Hill, one of the most prominent trumpeters of recent years known for his strong affinity to the African-American music heritage, assumes Roy Hargrove’s leading role. Bringing to life Roy Hargrove’s rich and exciting repertoire this quintet performance encompasses different periods and styles in his creation as well as pieces of his progressive band The RH Factor.
Roy Hargrove Tribute
Marquis Hill Trumpet
Alexander Levin Saxophone
Tom Oren Piano
Alon Near Double Bass
Alon Benjamini Drums
Photography: Shirley Chapman, Dan Balilty, Yossi Zwecker, Sharon Pulwer, Sharon Pulwer
Duration of the show: 60 minutes