HODGE STEPS OUT FROM THE ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT WITH
DIVERSE DEBUT “LIVE TODAY” TO BE RELEASED AUG. 6 ON
BLUE NOTE RECORDS
FEATURING COMMON, GLASPER, ALAN HAMPTON & OTHERS
Bassist and composer Derrick Hodge has announced a tour to kick off August 6 in New York City, the day that his extraordinary debut recording Live Today will be released by Blue Note Records. The tour will also bring Hodge to Washington DC, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. A full list of tour dates is below. Live Today is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
Hodge is perhaps best known as the anchor of the genre-bending, GRAMMY award-winning band Robert Glasper Experiment, but he has also spent time in the cutting-edge jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s group, and is currently the music director for the R&B star Maxwell. Live Today weaves together a distinctive musical vision from 14 stylistically diverse originals either written or co-written by Hodge that traverse modern jazz, hip-hop, R&B, gospel, and acoustic folk. The album features guest appearances from rapper Common, singer-guitarist Alan Hampton, as well as RGE members Robert Glasper, vocoderist Casey Benjamin, and drummers Mark Colenburg and Chris Dave, in addition to keyboardists James Poyser and Aaron Parks, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, and the American String Quartet, among others.
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Now residing in Los Angeles, Hodge grew up right outside of Philadelphia in Willingboro, N.J. He started playing electric bass in the elementary school orchestra. When the high school jazz band needed a bassist, they recruited him. On the suggestion of his high-school band teacher, Hodge continued his formal jazz education at Temple University. While still in college, Hodge played with such Philly greats as tenor saxophonist Bootsie Barnes and trumpeter Terrell Stafford. At the same time, Hodge reaped considerable session work with some of Philly’s finest modern R&B artists such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, and Floetry. “So much was happening in Philly at the time. No one really knew that all of these artists were going to blow up so quickly,” Hodge recalls. But that’s certainly what happened.
While on tour with Scott in support of her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott?, Hodge arrived at the crossroads and had to decide whether he was going to continue playing with her or finish school. After a heartfelt conversation with Scott, he returned to Temple and continued developing his jazz chops.
Live Today culminates all of Hodge’s experiences working with various jazz, R&B, hip-hop, gospel, and classical artists, resulting in music that’s at once adventurous yet accessible, and more important extremely personal. “This whole album was about putting on a composer’s hat,” Hodge explains. “I wanted to be honest and transparent to all of the people who were supporting me and wishing me well. I wanted this album to give them real snapshots of how I felt as an artist at a given moment on a given day. Let them be a part of my journey.”
DERRICK HODGE – TOUR DATES:
Aug. 6 – Cutting Room – New York, NY
Aug. 7 – Casbah – Durham, NC
Aug. 8 – Liv – Washington DC
Aug. 11 – San Jose Fest – San Jose, CA
Aug. 13 – Brick & Mortar – San Francisco, CA
Aug. 14 – New Parish – Oakland, CA
Aug. 15 – Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 17 – Spread Love @ National Black Arts Festival – Atlanta, GA
Sept. 6 – Regatta Bar – Boston, MA
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