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Derrick Hodge

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Derrick Hodge began studying electric guitar at the age of 7, inspired by the playing of West Philadelphia’s Beulah Baptist Church choir’s bassist, Joel Ruffiin. A year later, Hodge switched to electric bass guitar and began playing in the elementary school concert band and orchestra. In junior high, he was introduced to the upright contrabass. At the time, there were no bass instructors so Hodge learned the instrument by using his electric bass technique and by watching the 1st and 2nd violins sitting across from him. And for jazz band, he just played the upright bass as if it were an electric bass, disallowing the lack of instructional resources to be his hindrance. He considers himself a product of a hotbed of talent from the greater Philadelphia region which had a thriving Gospel, Jazz, Classical, R&B and emerging Hip Hop scene

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Still Listening

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Dreams Of Time; Power; Something I Would Say; Evanescent; Replay; Still Listening; Quite Just Like You; To Be With You Again; Unlimited.

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Article: Play This!

Gretchen Parlato: Turning Into Blue

Read "Gretchen Parlato: Turning Into Blue" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


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Article: Book Excerpts

Ain’t But a Few of Us

Read "Ain’t But a Few of Us" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The following is an excerpt from the section “Magazine Freelancers" taken from Ain't But a Few of Us: Black Music Writers Tell Their Story edited by Willard Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2022). Magazine Freelancers by John Murph John Murph has successfully channeled his voracious appetite for modern music into a keenly social outlook that takes ...

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R+R=NOW - Live (Blue Note Club New York/2018)

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Respond; Been On My Mind; How Much A Dollar Cost; Change Of Tone; Perspectives/Postpartum; Needed You Still; Resting Warrior.

Article: Album Review

Vince Mendoza - Czech National Symphony Orchestra: Freedom Over Everything

Read "Freedom Over Everything" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'integrazione tra scrittura per orchestra sinfonica e jazz si arricchisce di un originale contributo di Vince Mendoza, che dirige la Czech National Symphony Orchestra in nuove partiture. Il fulcro dell'album è la suite in sei movimenti “Concerto For Orchestra," in cui si integra il tema “Freedom For Everything." Seguono due lunghe composizioni: “To The Edge Of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

R+R+Now Live, Dr. Lonnie Smith & Andrian Younge

Read "R+R+Now Live, Dr. Lonnie Smith & Andrian Younge" reviewed by Joe Dimino


One of the finest recordings released during early 2021 was by R+R+Now Live led by Robert Glasper and Derrick Hodge. From there, we play some catch up looking into the voices and music captured during the 2020 pandemic jazz year. It includes Ed Partyka, Cathlene Pineda, Frank Basile and Stephen Menold. We say good-bye to Joe ...

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Article: Interview

Vince Mendoza: Streams of Influence Flowing into a River of Sound

Read "Vince Mendoza: Streams of Influence Flowing into a River of Sound" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Vince Mendoza is a jazz composer, arranger, and conductor of consummate originality, skill, and adaptability, so much so that he has for several decades received frequent invitations and commissions from the whole gamut of ensembles and performers like the WDR Big Band, the Metropole Orkest in the Netherlands, the Los Angeles and Berlin Philharmonic, and the ...

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Article: Interview

Derrick Hodge: In the Moment

Read "Derrick Hodge: In the Moment" reviewed by Aaron Paschal


Bassist, musician, producer, composer Derrick Hodge is a man full of soul, compassion and creativity. You may not know him by name but if you are a fan of music you have more than likely vibed out to some of his music and not even realized it. Hodge has released two albums of his own on ...

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Article: Album Review

Blue Note All Stars: Our Point Of View

Read "Our Point Of View" reviewed by Chris May


Different generations of Blue Note stars come together on this double-album to celebrate the label's legacy and to affirm its present-day relevance. Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock first recorded for Blue Note in the 1960s. Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, Marcus Strickland, Lionel Loueke, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott variously came on board in the 2000s and ...


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