In Memory: Leonard “Hub“ Hubbard of the Roots #leonardhubbard #theroots #blackmusic #music #jazz

Former member of The Roots, Grammy Award-winning bassist and songwriter Leonard “Hub” Hubbard has died after complications from cancer. Hub’s wife told Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s ABC 6

Christie Ileto @Christie_Ileto NEW at 4: One of the founding members of @theroots died this morning. Leonard Hubbard, known as Hub, was a bassist for the group. He’d been battling cancer since 2007 and at that time stopped touring. His wife tells @6abc, “It happened quickly. He didn’t suffer a lot.”

, “It happened quickly. He didn’t suffer a lot.” Hub played with the group from the mid-1990s until the mid-2000s, including on their acclaimed Things Fall Apart as well as live Roots sessions with JAY-Z, Eminem, and others. He also worked on albums by MC Solaar, the Jungle Brothers, and Jaguar Wright. Hub, a graduate of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon music program, was a fixture of the band during his tenure, remembered for his incredible bass playing and his trademark chew stick.


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