Campbell, Roy, Jr.
- Scott Yanow
was born in Los Angeles, California. He moved with his family to the Bronx when he was two. His mother, Erna Arene Forte Campbell, taught at P.S. 21 while his father was a Wall Street communications specialist who also played trumpet and tenor.
After having musical training on piano and also learning flute and violin, Campbell, who had been listening to jazz since he was twelve, took up the trumpet at the age of fifteen. He participated in Jazzmobile workshops during 1971–1973, learning directly from trumpeters Lee Morgan, Kenny Dorham, and Howard McGhee. Campbell majored in trumpet at Manhattan Community College where he studied theory and composition from multi-reedist Yusef Lateef and became greatly interested in music from other cultures.
While his foundation was in straight ahead jazz Campbell became well known as one of the top trumpeters in avant garde jazz and a fixture in the New York ...