Roy Campbell Memorial Broadcast: Monday, January 13 at 12pm through Tuesday, January 14 at 9:30am
Tune in this Monday at noon for our tribute to trumpeter Roy Campbell, who passed away on January 9 at age 61. Campbell was known for his versatile approach to jazz, performing as an artist of big band, bebop, and free jazz. He was born in 1952 in Los Angeles, and moved to New York at age 2. He began with piano and violin in high school, but moved to trumpet by age 15. He studied at the Jazzmobile program with Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan, and Joe Newman, and later with Yusef Lateef as well. He graduated from Manhattan Community College in 1975, having studied trumpet and already with his own group, Spectrum. In 1978, Campbell joined William Parker's group, Ensemble Muntu. In the late 1980s he moved to the Netherlands, though returned to New York a few years later. He has also worked as an actor and music composer for film, theater, and television. His other sideman credits include Marcus Miller, Don Cherry, Woody Shaw, Cecil Taylor, John Zorn, Wilbur Ware, Matthew Shipp, among many others. Campbell's groups included Other Dimensions in Music, Tazz, Pyramid Trio, and Downtown Horns. He was a regular performer in the annual Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York.