THE JAY HOGGARD QUARTET
Jay Hoggard, Vibes | Nat Adderley, Jr., Piano | Belden Bullock, Bass | Pheeroan akLaff, Drums
JAN. 19, 2022 | THE CHAPEL @ THE INTERCHURCH CENTER 61 CLAREMONT AVE
ABOUT JAY HOGGARD
“…Hoggard’s reach is extensive, full of down-home groove and essential jam, balladry as evocative as the paths he forges to get there.” Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
Vibraphonist, Composer Jay Hoggard’s music has touched the hearts and souls of listeners around Planet Earth for 40 years. Jay Hoggard has long ranked among the greatest vibraphone innovators. Jay’s music is positive, spiritual, uplifting, and happy. He masterfully draws on traditional and contemporary musical vocabulary to develop new directions for the vibraphone, seamlessly blending jazz and gospel roots with African marimba rhythms. His performance repertoire represents the three B’s of the jazz tradition (Blues, Bop, Ballads) with original innovations.
Jay Hoggard has recorded 23 albums as a leader and has participated in more than 50 as a collaborator. His most recent recording is HARLEM HIEROGLYPHS. Noted jazz writer Owen McNally recently declared in his Jazz Corridor column for WNPR.org: “ Hoggard has created a triumphant jazz album, a dramatic showcase for his diverse composing skills… While the standards get royal treatment, Hoggard’s originals are the album’s crown jewels. Among these are the celebratory rent party special, “Harlem Jazzbirds Swingin’ and Swayin’”; “Sonic Hieroglyphs,” an ode to jazz’s sophisticated sonic semiotics, signs and symbols expressing the sweet and bittersweet mysteries of life, and Disposable Consumption, landscaped with brilliant corners and a mysterious motif of sharp consciousness morphing in and out of an edgy, subconscious dream state… “
Jay’s other recordings on the JHVM label, THE RIGHT PLACE, SONGS OF SPIRITUAL LOVE, SWING ‘EM GATES, SOULAR POWER, CHRISTMAS VIBES ALL THRU THE YEAR, and SOLO FROM TWO SIDES, give listeners an opportunity to experience the many sides of this significant and vital musician.
Jay Hoggard has been commissioned as a composer in various contexts. His most recent collaboration was STORIED PLACES, premiered at the Wesleyan Center for the Arts in April 2016. This powerful collaboration featured dance and spoken word by choreographer Nicole Stanton and writer Lois Brown. In 2009, Jay was commissioned by dance troupe Sankofa Kuumba and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra to write THE OTHER SIDE OF THE OCEAN and LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR, which later were incorporated into the multimedia performance JOURNEY OF EMANCIPATION in 2012.