JAY HOGGARD SHORT BIO
Vibraphonist- composer Jay Hoggard has recorded 21 CDs as a leader, including SOLO FROM TWO SIDES, SOULAR POWER, SWING EM GATES, THE RIGHT PLACE, and SONGS OF SPIRITUAL LOVE. His work has been featured internationally on radio, television, and film. Jay has performed in many of the world's finest music venues with jazz greats Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Tito Puente, Kenny Burrell, Billy Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Bobby Hutcherson, Hilton Ruiz, and many others. Jay Hoggard is also a professor of music at Wesleyan University where he directs the Jazz Orchestra and has taught and mentored hundreds of students.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."