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Derrick Hodge: His Philly State of Mind

Bassist and producer to present projects as artist-in-residence at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Derrick Hodge, backstage at Newport Jazz Festival 2013 (photo by Melissa Mergner)
Derrick Hodge, backstage at Newport Jazz Festival 2013 (photo: Melissa Mergner)

Derrick Hodge wants to pay tribute to his roots in Philadelphia in a very different way. The bassist and composer is NOT looking to cover TSOP or Jill Scott or the Roots. Rather he’s hoping to capture the feeling of a scene which supported him as a fledgling musician. Debuting the concept at the Philly Music Fest in the fall of 2018, Hodge called it “A Philly State of Mind,” and included many of his peers and his influences. “It was my chance to pay homage to those that came before me that put me on, but also to open up the performance to those that I’ve been listening to that may not have been heard as much, to put that all in one show and put us all together on the stage to perform at one time and just to see what happens,” he explains. “I just wanted to see what the reaction would be to that and go on from there.”

Since that debut, he’s been contacted by Tim Jackson of the Monterey Jazz Festival who asked him to be an artist-in-residence at the 2019 edition of the prestigious festival in September. However, the bassist and composer asked Jackson if he could do more than just teach some talented young jazz students. “I want to have a true impact on the people that really come,” Hodge says. “I’m going to have a Color of Noise presentation, a whole three-hour slot where I get up and perform with my band that will have two drummers, multiple keyboard players, as well as a four-year-old drummer Justin—they call him ‘Baby Boy Drummer.’” Hodge is also expecting to have a DJ, as well as a painter or visual artist aboard for the set.  Confirmed personnel include: LJ “Baby Boy Drummer” Wilson (drums); Justin Lee Schultz (keyboards); Clifton and Melody (bass and flute); and Sophia Augustine (acoustic bass and vocals).

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