Aida Brandes-Hargrove got her start in the music industry as a teenager working as a recording artist and professional back up singer and dancer. Aida also plays piano and enjoys writing and arranging. She draws from a diverse pool of music with its main roots in jazz, hip hop and rnb. Her Big Band arrangements have been featured by Slide Hampton, the Roy Hargrove Big Band and the Astoria Big Band. Her original songs have been finalists and winners in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, as well as the Great American Song Contest. Other official selections include the Long Island International Film Expo, Golden Door International Film Festival, Lady Filmmakers Festival. She currently has two weekly residencies in New York performing with pianist Jon Davis. Aida is the widow of the late, great Roy Hargrove and the president of Roy Hargrove Legacy, a company she founded with his daughter to extend his legacy and celebrate his contributions to jazz and beyond.