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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 a tenured full-time Professor of Music at Wesleyan University and is the director of the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, teaching and mentoring hundreds of students.

Jay Hoggard – vibraphone
Belden Bullock – bass
Wilson Chembo Corniel – congas
Willie Martinez – drums, timbales
Adan Perez – piano
Patience Higgins – saxophones

Photo credit: Byron Dean
This concert has been underwritten by a generous grant from State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein.