The “ jazz” in Jazz Alley has become rare enough that when a for-real jazzer hits the stage, it’s definitely time to jump. Trumpeter/fluegelhornist Roy Hargrove (shown here) fits that bill.
Of all the young musicians who came up during and just after the “Young Lions” neocon scene of the 1980s, Hargrove has fulfilled his promise best. After an early period of undistinguished eclecticism that crossbred Lee Morgan, Blue Mitchell, Art Farmer and other hard-boppers, Hargrove forged a biting, fiery style, characterized by passionate streaks of lightning and break-your-heart love sighs on fluegelhorn.
Hargrove’s straight-ahead quintet work is nonpareil, but the two-time Grammy winner has also reached out to Cuban music with Crisol, to funk with RH Factor, and, recently, to big-band sounds.
Hargrove performs with Justin Robinson (saxophone), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Ameen Saleem (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums).
7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 4-6, and 7:30 p.m. only Sunday, Dec. 7, at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $30.50 (206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com).