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Roy Hargrove: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Roy Hargrove peppers his talk with the ebullient cadence of a man fully engaged with his purpose in life. For him, it’s obvious that he was born to play live.

No matter how fatigued or frustrated he may be, the award-winning trumpeter, bandleader and composer pulls through like a prize athlete, oftentimes pushing past physical pain, mental exhaustion and emotional anguish as if his life depended on it. “I give my complete all to it,” Hargrove explains. “For me, every time we hit, it’s like that last time. I take it so seriously; sometimes I think I take it too seriously. When something goes wrong, I think it’s the end of the world.”

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