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Keyon Harrold biography: 13 things about jazz musician born in Ferguson, Missouri

Keyon Harrold is an African-American musician. He is a jazz trumpeter, vocalist, songwriter and producer.

Harrold, who is from a family of musicians, is a protégé of trumpeter Charles Tolliver. Here are 13 more things about him:

 

  1. He was born in Ferguson, Missouri, United States in 1980. He has 15 siblings.
  2. He grew up in Ferguson before moving to New York City, New York, USA. He attended the School of Jazz at The New School in Greenwich Village, New York City.
  3. He has provided instrumentation for recordings by Shawn Corey “Jay-Z” Carter, Beyoncé Knowles, Curtis James “50 Cent” Jackson III, Anthony Hamilton, Gregory Porter, Mac Miller, Mary J. Blige and Gerald Maxwell “Maxwell” Rivera.
  4. He toured with Blige, Maxwell, Robyn Rihanna “Rihanna” Fenty, Marshall Bruce “Eminem” Mathers III, Gregory Porter and Michael Eugene “D’Angelo” Archer.
  5. His wife Kat Rodriguez gave birth to their son Keyon Harrold Jr. was born in 2006.
  6. As part of the Charles Tolliver Big Band, her performed on the studio album titled “With Love” in 2006 and the concert release titled “Emperor March: Live At The Blue Note” in 2007.
  7. Criss Cross released his first solo album titled “Introducing Keyon Harrold” in 2009.
  8. He supplied all the trumpet playing for the characters played by Don Cheadle and Keith Stanfield in “Miles Ahead,” a biographical film about the life of jazz musician Miles Davis. The film was screened at the New York Film Festival on October 11, 2015. The soundtrack to the film won the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12, 2017.
  9. On October 3, 2016, he performed at The White House in Washington, D.C., USA as part of the “Tiny Desk Concert” of Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid “Common” Lynn Jr. for NPR Music.
  10. Legacy Recordings released his second solo album titled “The Mugician” on September 29, 2017.
  11. On August 16, 2019, he appeared on the WNYC show “All Of It” with Freddie Stone.
  12. In August 2020, he contributed to the livestreamed recording of “VOYAGE-19,” an extended play by Bilal Sayeed Oliver.
  13. On December 26, 2020, he filed a harassment complaint against a woman who attacked his son at the Arlo SoHo Boutique Hotel in New York City. The woman accused his son of stealing her iPhone, which was eventually returned by an Uber driver.

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