Derrick Hodge | SFJAZZ

Derrick Hodge


Derrick Hodge

Tuesday, June 13, 7:00pm · 8:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Derrick Hodge
Art of the Bass Series: SFJAZZ Center · Joe Henderson Lab  

Derrick Hodge

Best known as the longtime bassist for the Robert Glasper Experiment, Derrick Hodge has played a pivotal role in helping to define the intersection of R&B and modern jazz in the 21st Century. A Philadelphia native, Hodge was immersed in that great music city’s deep traditions of soul, gospel, and jazz from childhood, and by the time of his college years at Temple University, he was already working regularly with Philly R&B stars Jill Scott and Musiq Soulchild. As one of the most active and in-demand bassists in contemporary music, Hodge has balanced his work between R&B and jazz brilliantly, working with Mulgrew Miller, Terence Blanchard, and Stefon Harris while simultaneously recording and touring with Common, Mos Def, Timbaland, and serving as musical director with Maxwell. Hodge has been a part of pianist Robert Glasper’s electrified Experiment project since its inception in 2009, contributing to all four of the band’s Blue Note releases including GRAMMY-winning Black Radio and this year’s ArtScience. The bassist was able to flex his compositional muscles on soundtrack work with Terence Blanchard on Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke and A Tale of God’s Will – experience that served him well on his 2013 solo debut Live Today. For these dates, Hodge brings music from his new Blue Note album The Second in a duo with young drum phenom Mike Mitchell.

Artist Personnel

Derrick Hodge bass
Michael Aaberg keyboards
Mike Mitchell drums

"Mr. Hodge, a bassist with roots in gospel, jazz and R&B, comes bearing earnest intentions and a glow of transparent optimism " — The New York Times
"As a composer, (Hodge) surrounds his bass lines with a vast vocabulary of tactile sounds – pianos glimmer like metal flakes and percussion clatters like a magical silverware drawer " — Washington Post