One year ago, Derrick Hodge made his sold-out debut as a bandleader at the Blue Note, beginning what he called a “lifelong quest to keep music honest, relevant to the people, and uninhibited by genre.”
Thus far, his extensive career as a sideman has groomed him for such a bold pursuit. He’s worked with some of the finest musicians in multiple genres, including jazz (Terence Blanchard, Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller), hip-hop (Kanye West, Q-Tip, Mos Def), and R&B (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Gerald Levert).
DerrickÂ considers himself a product of a hotbed of talent from the greater Philadelphia region which had a thriving Gospel, Jazz, Classical, R&B and emerging Hip Hop scene. He also credits mentors such as James Poyser, Jethaniel Nixon, and others throughout his teenage years. Hodge received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Temple University Ester Boyer College of Music where he studied Jazz Composition and Performance.
Derrick’s most recent projects include a commissioned piece written for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra entitled “Infinite Reflections” which premieres November 2008, as well as the HBO Documentary “The Recruiter” by Edet Belzburg, and “The Black Candle” directed by M.K. Asante. He is also writing music for the suspense thriller “Uneasy Listening”, which is still in production.Â Other recent projects include “When the Levees Broke:Â A Requiem in Four Acts ” and “Miracle at St Anna” in which he did additional writing and scoring for Terence Blanchard; “Who the #$%#@ Is Jackson Pollock?”, and “Faubourg Treme:Â A story of Black New Orleans”, in which he was the music composer, as well as production work and orchestrations with Common and Kanye West for Common’s albums “Be” and “Finding Forever”, which reached Billboard #1.
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