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Laurence Hobgood

Laurence Hobgood began formal piano study at age 6 in Dallas, TX where his father was chairman of the SMU theater program. At age 12 he was introduced to Blues music through his family's church. Several years later, after moving to Illinois, he began formal training in Jazz music. He attended the University of Illinois where he played for three years in the "A" jazz ensemble led by John Garvey. During that time his classical study continued with Ian Hobson. After moving to Chicago in 1988, he established a local presence leading his own quintet and joining forces with some of Chicago's premier players like Ed Peterson, Fareed Haque, and most importantly Paul Werlico

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The Upside of Lonely

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Label: Vivify Music, Inc.
Released: 2020
Duration: 04:34

Tesseterra

Label: Ubuntu Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Witchita Lineman; Blackbird; Georgia On MyMind; Suite: Judy Blue Eyes; We Shall Overcome; All Of You; Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.

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Oscar Hernandez, Louis Armstrong, Ron Carter and More

Read "Oscar Hernandez, Louis Armstrong, Ron Carter and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Kicking off the 623rd Episode of Neon Jazz is a towering figure in the world of Latin Jazz, Mr. Oscar Hernández who teamed up with Alma LIbre with a cut off his latest album Love the Moment. From there, we hear from some of the biggest names in jazz, from Dave Miller and his trio to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Laurence Hobgood: Tesseterra

Read "Tesseterra" reviewed by Roger Farbey

"Jazz with strings" is a phrase that sometimes invokes a heart-sink feeling amongst reviewers. Happily this is not one of those occasions. Laurence Hobgood has released a half dozen records under his own name but many more for vocalist Kurt Elling with whom he's been musical director, co-producer and accompanist for over twenty years. During that ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Monterey on Tour In BR, Wayne and More

Read "Monterey on Tour In BR, Wayne and More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Monterey on Tour came to Baton Rouge March 28, 2019 @ the Manship Theatre & what a lineup: Cecile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana, Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura, Jamison Ross...Whew. It's good & we've got tracks from all of them right here, as well as a deep dive to the vault, Sonny Rollins first recording ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams

Read "Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Do you sympathize with the plight of the turkeys? Do family reunions bring you anxiety? Then forget about Thanksgiving! Mondo Jazz is here to help you switch to Hanksgiving, with two hours of Jazz tributes to the great Hank Williams, the only singer who is more American than pumpkin pie! This week we have ...

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Arianna Neikrug

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Arianna is a jazz/pop vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and recent Concord Music Group recording artist currently stationed in New York City. She graduated with a bachelor of music degree in Studio Music and Jazz (vocal) performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in May of 2015. Arianna has already made her mark in the jazz world. She was the winner of the 2015 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition (the "Sassy" Awards) and has shared the stage with various artists including Steve Miller, Alice Cooper, Kenny Burrell, Neil Young, Al Jarreau, Mindy Abair, James Moody, George Benson, Karrin Allyson, Gretchen Parlato, and Roseanna Vitro

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Laurence Hobgood

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Laurence Hobgood

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring pianist Laurence Hobgood, who's coming to St. Louis to perform with his trio on Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6 at Jazz at the Bistro. Known widely for his more than 20 years as musical director for singer Kurt Elling, Hobgood split from Elling at ...


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