Saturday, September 26, 2015 | 3:00-4:00pm
Dave Brubeck called LAURENCE HOBGOOD “One of the most incredible pianists I've ever heard,” and Marian McPartland referred to him as “a pianist and composer of extraordinary talent and unusual ideas. This, coupled with a brilliant technique, makes his every performance a musical gem.” The jazz magazine, all•about•jazz, describes Hobgood as "one of the finest pianists out there. Period." Multiple Grammy nominee and 2010 Grammy winner, pianist, composer, arranger, Laurence Hobgood began formal piano study at age 6, was introduced to blues through his family's church and, after moving to Illinois, began formal training in jazz music, attending the University of Illinois while continuing his classical study. After moving to Chicago in 1988, he formed Trio New with Paul Wertico and Eric Hochberg, playing to critical acclaim. He was awarded three consecutive fellowships (‘90, ’91, ’92) to perform in the Aspen Music Festival. In 1993, he met vocalist Kurt Elling, beginning an 18 year collaboration, as Laurence played on, composed/arranged for, and co-produced nine of Elling’s CDs--each Grammy-nominated. The Chicago Tribune honored them as 1995 Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts. In 2001 Laurence received his own Grammy nomination for his arranging "Flirting With Twilight." Laurence has performed both with Elling and with his own trio at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland, Chicago's Symphony Center, Ravinia, 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. His most recent recording project, Honor Thy Fathers, dedicated “to gentlemen who inspired and guided a young musical mind,” with John Patitucci and Kendrick Scott, will be released in October. A long time Chicago resident, Laurence moved to New York in 2006.