Derrick Hodge

Live Today signals a new journey for bassist and composer Derrick Hodge as he embarks on a solo recording career. The title alludes to his top guiding principle in creating his debut album, a stunning achievement that showcases the profound depth and breadth of his musicality. "This whole album was putting on my composer's hat, but letting go and making sure that I'm giving people raw examples of how I feel on any given day," he explains.

Even though Hodge has played with such jazz titans as pianist Mulgrew Miller and trumpeter (and labelmate) Terence Blanchard, as well as R&B stars Jill Scott and Maxwell, the 33-year-old bassist is probably best known for anchoring the Grammy award-winning Robert Glasper Experiment. Similar to how Glasper concocts a distinctive mélange of modern jazz, hip-hop, and R&B, Live Today too integrates those genres and more into something that's potent and personal. However, it is no Experiment offshoot. Similarities aside, the Live Today asserts a unique sound.

Glasper does contribute on several songs on Live Today, as do the rest of the Experiment members: saxophonist/vocoderist Casey Benjamin, and drummers Chris Dave and Mark Colenburg. Hodge, however, cast a wider net for recruiting musicians. The diverse cast includes rapper Common, singer/guitarist, Alan Hampton, keyboardists James Poyser and Aaron Parks, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, and the American String Quartet, among others.

As a bassist, Hodge tucks in his virtuosic prowess to focus more on the overall compositional sound. "I didn't think so much about the timbre and the sound of the actual instrument that I play when I wrote this music," he says, "I gravitated toward the band sound and worked within that framework."

Marcus Cohen and The Congress

Marcus Cohen founded this project in the bay area summer of 2009 when he met guitarist Vic Wong, drummer Jayme Arredondo, and bassist Mark Allen-Piccolo. They began to lay the foundation for what is now known as The Congress - an eclectic, mesmerizing, ensemble of musicians, vocalists, and an emcee. The idea was inspired from Marcus' love of soul, jazz, funk, gospel, and hip hop.

"The vision is about creating original compositions with
"organic" sound. Music containing meaningful lyrics and played by real musicians. We create in the spirit of artists such as Marvin Gaye, Billie Holliday, Al Green, Miles Davis, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder to name a few."

DJ heyLove* grew up in the Bay Area surrounded by different cultures, ethnicities, and art.
Influenced by all this diversity she developed a love for variety, which is reflected in her taste for music.

Attracted to different rhythms and how they make the mind, body, and soul feel, heyLove* is naturally drawn to artists from the past and present like Roy Ayers, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, J Dilla, Kanye West, AtJazz, Omar, & Esthero.

You'll hear jazz, R&B, downtempo, broken beat, house, reggae, afro beat and hip-hop in her collection. "There should be no genre lines in music", heyLove* explains her mixes reflect a "music head" who appreciates the finer melodies in life.

DJ heyLove* has created good vibes at places such as Yoshi's Jazz Club SF, Mua Restaurant and Lounge, Ozumo's, the People Oakland, and The Getty's Mansion. She specializes in spinning for events such as art gallery openings, fashion shows, wine tastings, and corporate/non-profit events.
heyLove* is one of the resident DJ's and creators of "the People", dedicated to redefining night life by providing a soulful and eclectic experience through the cultivation of music, art, dance, fashion, cuisine, and community. For the past 5 years "the People" party gathers over 800 people each month to enjoy the music of resident and world renowned dj's, incredible live performances, local artists/vendors, delicious food, and a good time.

The People has booked special guests such as Daz-I-Kue, LeftO, Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Bobbito, Boddhi Satva, Mark deClive-Lowe and Amp Fiddler. If your in the Bay Area looking for body moving music and fresh art come check out "the People" every 4th Saturday at the New Parish in downtown Oakland, CA.

$17 adv - $20 dos


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