Obituary: Roy Campbell Jr

Roy Sinclair Campbell, Jr.
September 29, 1952 – January 9, 2014

Roy Campbell Jr (61) American jazz trumpeter, flugelhorn player, pocket trumpeter, flutist, composer and arranger died on January 9. He was born in LA, California. He started to learn the trumpet at aged 15 and throughout the 1960s, he performed in the big bands of the Manhat-tan Community College. From the 1970s till his death he has performed mainly within the context of free jazz, spending some of this period studying with Yusef Lateef. In the early 90s he moved to the Nether-lands and performed regularly with Klaas Hekman and Don Cherry. In addition to leading his own groups, he performed with Yo La Tengo, William Parker, Peter Brotzmann, Matthew Shipp and other improvi-sors. Upon returning to the US he began leading his group, Other Di-mensions In Music and along with William Parker he also formed the Pyramid Trio, a trio unique for not employing the traditional use of a piano. He has performed with dancers including Leena Conquest, Aleta Hayes, K.J. Holmes, Maria Mitchell, Patricia Nicholson Parker, Nayo Takasaki and others and performed regularly as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which is held annually in New York City. In ad-dition, Roy is an actor and appeared in independent films and plays (?) b. September 29th 1952.