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"Transcendent pleasures... harmonically orchestrated and ultimately stirring."
- Jazz Times

The Laurence Hobgood Quartet hosted by Eric Jackson of WGBH

Featuring: Laurence Hobgood, piano
Matt Rybicki, bass
Jared Schonig, drums
Jimmy Greene, sax

Best known for his collaboration with vocalist Kurt Elling, multiple Grammy nominee
and 2010 Grammy winner Laurence Hobgood has enjoyed a multi-faceted and dynamic
career. Musical director for Elling since 1995 he’s played on, composed/arranged for and
co-produced all of Elling’s CDs (6 for Blue Note and 3 for Concord), each Grammy-
nominated. 2009’s “Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane and
Hartman”, recorded live at Lincoln Center, won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Vocal
Jazz Record.

Hobgood was awarded three consecutive fellowships (‘90, ’91, ’92) to perform in the
Aspen Music Festival. The Chicago Tribune honored him as a 1995 Chicagoan Of The
Year in the Arts. In 2003 he received a Deems Taylor Award, given by ASCAP for the
year’s outstanding music journalism, for his article, “The Art Of The Trio”, published by
JazzTimes magazine.

He has performed both with Elling and with his own trio at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln
Center, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood,
Chicago’s Symphony Center and Ravinia, Sydney Opera House, London’s Barbican and
Queen Elizabeth Halls, as well as the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals including
Montreaux, North Sea, Monterey, Spoleto USA, Newport, Umbria, Montreal, JVC
festivals in Paris and Japan and many others. Elling and Hobgood also appeared at the
2009 State Dinner given at the White House where President Obama welcomed India’s
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

He has played and/or recorded with Larry Coryell, Lee Konitz, John Pattitucci, Jon
Hendricks, Stefon Harris, Richard Galliano, Terreon Gully, Terrence Blanchard, Bob
Sheppard, Ernie Watts, Marc Johnson, Joe Lovano, Benny Maupin, Paul Wertico, Bobby
Watson, Clark Terry, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Bob Mintzer, Mark Murphy, Von Freeman,
Peter Erskine, Paul McCandless, Gary Burton and Eddie Daniels, to name a few.

His latest solo CD, 2008’s “When The Heart Dances”, a duet recording with iconic
bassist Charlie Haden, has received worldwide critical acclaim, garnering 4-star reviews
from Down Beat and the UK’s Mojo magazine among others.

And Elling’s third Concord CD, “The Gate”, co-produced by Elling and Hobgood with
music legend Don Was, has received a 2012 Grammy nomination for “Best Vocal Jazz

A long time Chicago native, Hobgood moved to New York in 2006 and now lives on the
south shore of Long Island.

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