Jay Hoggard Concert and Workshop for Bronx Youth

Providing the youth of the Bronx a gateway into an institution of higher learning, high school and college-aged music students of all skill levels are invited to attend a free workshop, conducted by Jay Hoggard, featuring the students of the Bronx Arts Ensemble partner schools. The workshop will focus on jazz rhythmic patterns, basic improvisation, and ensemble techniques.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: CONCERT FOR BRONX YOUTH
The Jay Hoggard Quartet’s latest project, Harlem Hieroglyphs makes excursions into African diasporic rhythmic conceptions, using various African-American spirituals, gospel music, and jazz. With selections titled Piety and Redemption, I Live Because I Breathe, and I Am Free, the Harlem Hieroglyphs Project embodies the essence of the ongoing struggle for equity that greatly relates to the sentiments of today’s Bronx youth.

Jay Hoggard, vibraphone
James Weidman, piano, organ
Belden Bullock, bass
Pheeroan AkLaff,  drums, percussion


Harlem Jazzbirds

Let Me Make It Clear

I Am Free

Piety and Redemption

I Live Because I Breathe

A Walk Thru The Colorful Forest

All compositions by Jay Hoggard and published by Mombasa Music ASCAP

Acclaimed vibraphonist/composer JAY HOGGARD has touched the hearts and souls of listeners for over 40 years. Drawing on traditional and contemporary musical vocabulary to develop new directions for the vibraphone, Hoggard blends jazz and gospel roots with African marimba rhythms. Mr. Hoggard presents performances of blues, bop, and ballads that seamlessly blend with his innovative original compositions. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Mr. Hoggard has recorded 22 CDs as a leader and over 50 as collaborator, including HARLEM HIEROGLYPHS, SONGS OF SPIRITUAL LOVE, and SWING ‘EM GATES. As a composer, Hoggard has been commissioned by the dance troupe Sankofa Kuumba and the Hartford Symphony to compose two collaborative musical works: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE OCEAN and LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR, and has received other notable commissions from Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Hartford Festival of Jazz and Wesleyan University. As a renowned jazz artist, he has performed at the St. Lucia, Montreux, Lincoln Center and Mt. Fugi Jazz Festivals and has collaborated with jazz greats Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Max Roach and Hilton Ruiz. Mr. Hoggard is currently an Adjunct Full Professor of Music at Wesleyan University and is the director of the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, teaching and mentoring hundreds of students.

PHEEROAN akLAFF, an internationally renowned jazz drummer, began playing in his hometown area of Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan with Travis Biggs, Ars Nova, The Ebony Set, The Last Days, Rod Lumpkin, and Major Lansky. He has gone on to collaborate with Leo Smith’s New Dalta Ahkri, Oliver Lake, Andrew Hill, Cecil Taylor, Reggie Workman, and many other notable musicians. Mr. akLaff has a longstanding relationship with Wesleyan College as an instructor of “Drum-Set” and as a Visiting Adjunct Professor presenting a course in “Materials and Principles of Jazz Improvisation.”

BELDEN BULLOCK is an accomplished acoustic/electric bassist who hails from Boston. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Mr. Bullock spent several years teaching at Berklee as an ensemble professor. He moved to New York in 1988 and became a regular fixture at the top jazz clubs throughout the tri-state area and festivals around the world. During his career, he has performed and recorded with such prominent jazz artists as: Abdullah Ibrahim, Roy Haynes, Lionel Hampton, Oliver Lake, Ralph Peterson Gloria Lynn,Ted Curson Ahmad Jamal, Andrew Hill, James Spaulding, George Adams, and Jay Hoggard.

As a deeply valued pianist, JAMES WEIDMAN has been a sideman and accompanist in many settings over the past 30 years, collaborating with Abbey Lincoln, Cassandra Wilson, Steve Coleman, Kevin Mahogany and appearing on Joe Lovano’s Grammy nominated recording “Us Five.” His latest recordings, as a leader, include “Truth and Actuality” and “October Feeling” on the Inner Circle Music label. “Weidman’s music fits into the modern mainstream of jazz without being predictable. With original chord changes and voicings, his mastery is demonstrated with various changes in rhythm and time.”- Jazz Times Magazine. Mr. Weidman is on the faculty of William Paterson University.

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