Primary Instrument: Sax, baritone
The leader of the Ted Hogarth Collective (THC), which has many configurations. THC’s debut CD is Misconception and features a sextet. Sound clips are available on my Recordings page. I also have a quartet recording Steps Taken, with sound clips available on my Recordings page as well. THC features original compositions and arrangements by myself and other THC members.
My passion is playing the baritone saxophone, clarinet, and bass clarinet. My inspiration on these instruments is drawn primarily from Harry Carney, Gerry Mulligan, Jimmy Hamilton, and Barney Bigard. The range and sonority of the baritone and bass clarinet are very appealing to my ear and I strive to achieve a full, rich, and dark tone.
I’m privileged to work with some of Chicago’s finest musicians. I’ve been a member of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, founded by Bill Russo and now under the artistic direction of Jon Faddis, for the past nine years. More information about the CJE can be found at www.chijazz.com. I’m also a member of Rob Parton’s JazzTech Big Band, www.rparton.com. Both groups have CDs available through their respective wed sites. In addition to these groups I also play with a variety of groups, which range in style from traditional jazz to hard rock. Visit www.kimotion.org to learn about and hear sound clips from a great band called Kimotion lead by Kimo Williams.
Composer I recently received my Master’s Degree in jazz composition from DePaul University in Chicago. My primary instructor was my good friend Tom Matta, www.thomasmatta.com. Tom is a fantastic writer as well as a wonderful bass trombonist.
I’ve composed and arranged for small groups and big bands on both original compositions, such as “Children’s Song,” and standards, such as “When Lights Are Low.” I was recently commissioned to write a big band arrangement featuring tenor saxophonist and educator Mark Colby, www.markcolby.com.
I also write big band arrangements for middle school and high school groups. With more than a dozen years of experience as an educator, I write compositions and arrangements for younger musicians that are challenging, musically interesting, and often draw from the classic American songbook•characteristics that are often lacking in commercially available charts. Contact me about commissions.
Educator I have a private teaching studio where I instruct middle school and high school woodwind musicians, and teach jazz theory and improvisation. I enjoy helping young musicians discover the joy of music and all the rewards that are the result of hard work and discipline. I’m proud to say that many of my students have won local and state awards and have gone on to successful college careers with scholarships.
I also teach master classes and clinics for middle school, high school, and college students.
As an adult with Attention Deficit Disorder, who has learned how to manage it successfully to professionally thrive, I am eager to help young students who face similar challenges. I have witnessed the growth and maturity among students who face similar challenges and I’m eager to share what I’ve learned with others. This is an area of music education I feel passionately about and you’ll find future articles and information posted here on the issue.