Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Roy Hargrove with brother Brian in extra concert

Roy Hargrove in extra concert met broer Brian (Nederlands) Roy Hargrove with brother Brian in extra concert ( English)

Extra RH Factor concert in Paradiso (Amsterdam)
Hans Koert

The North Sea Jazz Festival has been scheduled for the fifth time in Rotterdam from the 9th up to the 11th of July, 2010. A luster, because five years ago the North Sea Jazz Festival moved definitely from The Hague to Rotterdam; The Hague nursed its wounds after the moving, but now has his own festival again: The Hague Jazz. A lot of jazz fans, who enjoyed the more cozy The Hague North Sea Festival atmosphere join this festival. If you've planned to visit the North Sea 2010 in Rotterdam you should know that it is impossible to visit, not even a small glimpse, of all concerts, scheduled in the dozens of festival halls - you'll have to make a choice.
Roy Hargrove (Porgy en Bess - Terneuzen - 2009) ( photo courtesy): Hans Koert)

When you are a regular visitor of the festival, you can't have missed Roy Hargrove - one of the most loyal artist of the festival for years, who first visited the festival as a teenager in 1990. Up to now he joined North Sea almost each year. ........ this year Roy won't play at North Sea. At the moment he's playing in Canada where he performs at the Ottawa and Toronto Jazz Festivals - In the weekend of the North Sea Jazz Festival he will join the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia (Italy). This seems bad news for the many Roy Hargrove fans in The Netherlands, but, don't worry - On his way back from the Black Sea Jazz Festival in Batumi (Georgia), where he plays with his Quintet and the RH Factor an extra concert has been scheduled in Paradiso - Amsterdam with his RH Factor. ( Wednesday the 21st of July, 2010 - 8.30 pm). So, good news for all the Hargrove fans, who might have been disappointed about his absence at North Sea 2010. Renee Neufville in Porgy en Bess - Terneuzen ( November 2004) ( photo courtesy: Hans Koert)

His RH Factor features Roy Hargrove (trumpet, vocals) - Renee Neufville (keys, vocals) - Bruce Williams (alto sax) - Jason Marshall (baritone sax) - Jonathan Batiste (keys, Hammond b3) - Brian 'Theory' Hargrove (keys) - Todd Parsnow (guitar) - Lenny Stallworth (bass) - Jason 'J.T.' Thomas (drums, vocals). Remarkable is the presence of Roy's younger brother Brian who will make his European debut in Amsterdam, twenty years after Roy did in The Hague. A good reason to put some spotlights on Brian .... Brian Theory Hargrove ( photo:http://www.myspace.com/brianhargrove)

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Brian studied sound technology and percussion performance at the Cedar Valley College near Lancaster in the Southern Dallas County. He studied piano and composition at the Thornton School of Music, part of the University of Southern California. As a composer and musician he says to be influenced by jazz greats like Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner and the late Esbjörn Svensson ( from E.S.T.) (and this is only a small selection from the list …..). Also a lot of pop stars and classic composers like Bach, Stravinsky and Ravel have influenced him – continuously fuel his artistic curiosity and passion for improvising, collaboration and creating hybrid sounds capes. Renee Neufville in Porgy en Bess - Terneuzen (November 2005) ( photo courtesy: Hans Koert)

Up to now he played in and around Dallas and in the LA areas with musicians like his brother Roy, Renee Neufville - keyboard player and vocalist who will also join the RH Factor concert in Paradiso next month; Selaelo Selota, the South African guitar player, the R&B vocalist N'Dami, Erykah Badu, soul and hip-hop vocalist, but also musicians of the Old Guard like the late David Fathead Newman and Wynton Marsalis - the 1980s mentor of his brother Roy. Brian also performed with the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra directed by drummer Adonis Rose and has directed several own groups. It would be great if Brian's would follow in his brother's footsteps.

Brian Theory Hargrove ( photo courtesy: http://www.myspace.com/brianhargrove)

Extra concert: Roy Hargrove's RH Factor - Paradiso (Amsterdam) - 21st of July 2010 ( 8.30 pm)

Finally - for all those Hargrove-fans a review to Roy's performance with the RH Factor at the 2009 North Sea 2010 festival. Enjoy it.

Hans Koert

Twenty years ago Roy Hargrove made his debut at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague and since that he is a sought after instrumentalist of festivals all over the world. This summer Roy won't be at the North Sea festival, but he hasn't forget his fans in Holland - on the 21st of July, 2010 he will perform with his RH Factor for an extra concert in Paradiso Amsterdam. Great to know is that Roy's brother Brian "Theory" Hargrove will make his European debut - like Roy did twenty tears ago. Enough reason to put some spotlights on Brian, who plays keys in RH Factor. The Keep Swinging blog loves to share all aspects of jazz music. Ask for its newsletter if you don't want to miss anything.

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