The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vibraphonist Jay Hoggerd

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vibraphonist Jay Hoggerd on Tuesday, May 31st, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Jay Hoggard’s music has touched the hearts and souls of listeners around the world for 35 years. Jay draws on traditional and contemporary musical vocabulary to develop new directions for the vibraphone, seamlessly blending jazz and gospel roots with African marimba rhythms. His performance repertoire represents the three B’s of the jazz tradition (Blues, Bop, Ballads) with original innovations. Jay has recorded 21 CDs as a leader, including the recent Solo from Two Sides, Soular Power, Swing Em Gates, The Right Place, and Songs of Spiritual Love.

Jay Hoggard is currently a professor of music at Wesleyan University, where for the past 22 years he has directed the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and has taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians.

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