An 'Awarding' Year For G.E.Q. & Me

2019 was a very 'awarding' year for G.E.Q. and me. Our single release, “Nobody Knows I’m Here” won BEST JAZZ RECORDING during the 2019 Clouzine International Music Awards in the spring of last year. A couple of months later…

The Flag Was Still There

I just wanted to share this with you.

Today, I visited my father’s grave. His stone reflects his service in the U.S. Army as a PVT at war time, World War I.  Born in 1896, he would be 120 years…

Filming "Dawn Of Justice"

About two years ago, I was cast as an extra in the filming of the Warner Brothers film "Dawn of Justice." They needed "military type" people as extras in the movie... bald or "high & tight" hair style and…

3 Masterpieces Of The Seventies

Every social site and twitter-twatter, Facebook & spacebook and instagram & instant spam are increasingly being filled with more and more violent videos, TMI posts and dirty pictures and most recently, election year garbage. This stuff is making it not…

Hey Trumpet Players, It's All In The “GAP”

Recently I’ve discovered something special that I have to share with trumpet players all over the world. I love things the WORK . . . and when I discover things the WORK, I like to share them. It’s about the…

My Other Hero Was A World War One Veteran

My other hero, my Dad, was a War World One Army Veteran. On October 20 of this year, my other hero would have been 119 years old. My other hero passed away on May 31, 1972 when I was nineteen…

I Watched My Dad When We Met Jackie Robinson

Mr.Robinson holds a special place in my heart. I will never forget the look on my Father’s face when we met him.  Let me explain. 

My Dad, Lloyd “Do-Love” Hoggatt was born in Nashville, TN in 1896.  He moved to…

The Third Half Of Life – On My Journey

When we talk about the half of anything, we think of something that’s divided into two parts. It’s a bit abstract to think of anything that has three halves, yep there are three halves. I think of our lives as…

Your Next CD's Coverart Should Be "Whatz-up!"

Last week, I attended the 2015 Jazz Connect Conference, held at the St. Peters Church in New York. In attendance, were musicians, producers, music educators, record company executives, music journalist and more. The panel and plenary sessions were complete…

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Thank You For Your Good Wishes

I want to thank everyone for your good wishes on my first time out for a Grammy nomination with my new album “This Comes With It.” I fell short of the nomination this year but I promise to keep writing…

The Artists Made It Happen

 
It’s been over two weeks since the voting for the 57th Grammys nominees has closed. I’ve made many new friends during the voting process, most of which are talented independent artists of the Recording Academy.  It was really exciting  to…