THE RIGHT PLACE
Jay Hoggard vibraphone
Dwight Andrews soprano sax,flute,bass clarinet
Hilton Ruiz piano
James Wediman piano,organ
Belden Bullock bass
Pheeroan Aklaff drums
Asher DeLerme timbales, bata
Kwaku Martin Obeng donno, bongos
Jay Hoggard's "The Right Place" showcases the vibraphonist and Wesleyan professor's reach as a composer and grasp as a musician. As a player, his ideas flow from his instrument in supple and irresistible waves. His compositions embrace an abundance of fresh or newly spiced musical ideas that mix and match the flavors of America, Africa and the Caribbean...
The sass of the blues and the spice of salsa.. drive and focus (the) music...
as the ensemble melds musical influences from West Africa, the barrio, the 'hood, the carnival and even the sanctified church.... Jeff Rivers Hartford Courant
Hoggard has been playing the vibes since the age of 16 and was once proclaimed the "most dazzling new vibraphonist in jazz." He has performed, collaborated and recorded with some of the masters: Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson,
Tito Puente, Kenny Burrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Max Roach, and Dr. Billy Taylor . Hoggard is currently a professor at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and is in constant demand as a composer, performer and recording artist
... WBGO.org , a cultural affiliate of National Public Radio
The best recorded example of who Hoggard is and what he can do: .. express himself in ways that uplift his craft while entertaining and, yes, even educating others. This music will definitely make you feel better.
... Richard Kamins The Hartford Courant
Mr. Hoggard, a vibraphonist, was first active in New York's loft-jazz scene in the late 1970's ; he became one of the first-call players on his instrument in mainstream jazz thereafter. He's leading a couple of bands these days; this interesting seven-piece group includes woodwinds, piano and organ, bass, drums, and two percussionists besides Mr. Hoggard's own melodic and percussive instrument. .....Ben Ratliff. The New York Times
For all the diverse elements that go into the mix here, there's a cohesiveness and ease to the proceedings that makes it all come together smoothly and makes Jay Hoggard's The Right Place a good place to be
...Joel Roberts ALL ABOUT JAZZ New York
Noted journalist Owen McNally wrote "Jay Hoggard's artistry has a universal quality, an intellectual and emotional resiliency that makes it seem very much at home when creating something new and fresh in every genre from the roots of African music to the outer reaches of the blues ....He is not just one of the premier voices on vibraphone but also one of the top-seeded instrumentalists and composers of the jazz world today."
Jay Hoggard's performances, compositions, and recordings have touched the hearts and souls of listeners in America, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and Asia for the past 25 years. For the past 14 years Jay has been director of the Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra, where he has taught hundreds of students.
Jay Hoggard's recordings reflect the breadth of his musical vision: solo and ensemble; acoustic and electric; original compositions and standard tunes. Jay's performance repertoire includes the vocabulary of the jazz tradition (Blues, Ballads, Bop) along with original innovations. He has recorded 16 CD's as a leader and over 50 as a collaborator. Jay Hoggard's Fall 2004 release, Songs of Spiritual Love, is a duo recording of sacred music with pianist / organist James Weidman. Jay's Fall 2003 release ,The Right Place, features vibraphone, marimba, woodwinds, keyboard, bass, and percussion embracing jazz improvisation with African and Caribbean rhythms. Recent sideman recordings include collaborations with Anthony Braxton (Duo), Hilton Ruiz (Crusin' with Tito Puente), Yoron Israel (Basic Traneing), James Weidman (All About Time), and Kwaku Kwache Obeng ( Afrijazz).
Born in Washington, DC,Jay Hoggard was raised in Mt. Vernon, New York in a religious family. At age 16, Jay began playing the vibraphone. "One night I had a dream that I was playing the vibes. I asked my father to rent me a set and from the first moment, I knew that this was what I was supposed to do." Jay majored in the renown World Music program at Wesleyan University . He toured Europe and played at Carnegie Hall during his freshman year. In his junior year, he traveled to Tanzania to study East African xylophone music. After graduation in 1976, Jay returned to New York City where he was proclaimed "the most dazzling new vibraphonist in jazz" by Robert Palmer in the New York Times.
Jay Hoggard has been honored and commissioned as a composer in various contexts. He collaborated as composer with choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson on The Wisdom of the Baobab Tree . commissioned by Lincoln Center Out of Doors. He was commissioned by the Hartford Festival of Jazz to compose La Tierra Hermosa dedicated to Tito Puente. In 2000 , he was commissioned by Wesleyan University to compose Joyful Swamp and Crossing Point for Max Roach and percussion ensemble. These compositions are included on The Right Place. In 2001 Wesleyan commissioned Vibarimbala for symphonic and jazz orchestra with vibraphone soloist.
As a performer, Jay Hoggard has toured the globe to rave reviews. He has performed in many of the finest venues of music presentation throughout the United States ,Africa Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Jay has performed in major venues (Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Schomberg Center) jazz festivals (St. Lucia. JVC, Montreux, Mt.Fuji, Pori, Hartford), colleges, universities, churches, galleries, libraries, and clubs around the globe. Jay has been featured on radio (NPR, Pacifica) and television (CBS Sunday Morning, BETJazz) nationally and internationally. He led a quintet on an extensive tour sponsored by the United States government to North Africa, the Middle East and India.He has been featured on television nationally and internationally.
Jay has performed in special concert collaborations with vibraphone masters Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Tito Puente and Bobby Hutcherson. He has recorded and toured with creative artists such as Kenny Burrell, Dr. Billy Taylor, James Newton, Oliver Lake, Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton, Jorge Dalto, Terumasa Hino, Dwight Andrews, Anthony Davis, Henry Threadgill, Muhal Richard Abrams , Ahmed Abdullah, and was a guest artist with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. Jay has accompanied singers, instrument-alists, and poets and has performed with gospel, theater, dance, percussion, and orchestral ensembles.
Jay Hoggard and his wife Donna, a public health professional,have two children.