Lee Hogans & Pursuance

Lee Hogans & Pursuance


Firmly rooted in jazz, hip-hop, funk, and soul, Lee Hogans brings these elements to bear in his music. His hallmarks include: virtuosic trumpeting; deft songwriting; slick and sophisticated head-nod production; scintillating live performance, as a solo artist and with his group Pursuance.


Trumpeter, songwriter and producer W. Lee Hogans finds truth in the words of Louis Armstrong: “What we play is life!” And though he draws inspiration from a gamut of the game’s greats—from Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard to James Brown and Run-D.M.C—Lee fashions a style of music distinctly his own.

A native of Atlanta, Lee began studying music at the age of ten, and he’s certainly come a long way from those tentative first plunges on a scrap metal trumpet. Currently, Lee tours with hip-hop legend icon Jay-Z, with whom Lee performed during the inauguration festivities for President Barack Obama. Hogans likewise plays alongside pop luminary Prince; notable performances together include the 2008 Academy Awards Party and during the 2007 Super Bowl week in Miami. Additionally, Lee has toured with music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs’ on the “Press Play” world tour, which featured a host of televised appearances. Elsewhere, Hogans relished his time playing with Hidden Beach recording artist Jill Scott, on the domestic and European legs of her 2008 “The Real Thing” tour. Lee also performs regularly with heralded saxophonist Mike Phillips, whom Hogans regards as a mentor and inspiration. Prominent perennial events include the Tom Joyner Cruise, Essence Festival and the BET Jazz Festival.

When not playing with such notables, Lee diligently develops his own sound as the trumpeter and composer for his own band, Pursuance. Encompassing elements of funk, hip-hop, jazz, and soul, Pursuance dazzles audiences at destination venues throughout New York and New Jersey, e.g. Blue Note, Groove, and Cecil’s Jazz Club. Lee’s debut album with Pursuance, The Vibe Orientation, was an intensely personal, introspective, sophisticated, engaging affair. It garnered received airplay on The Weather Channel, Sirius/XM Radio, and various terrestrial outlets. Hogans is now hard at work on his sophomore effort, which promises a more boisterous, funky, beat-propelled palate. Expect collaborations with household names for the project.

Lee’s composition and delivery developed through years of musical study; the tutelage of renowned trumpeter Danny Harper —instruction on theory, improvisation, composition, and technical style— rounded out his skill set. At Georgia State University, Lee studied classical music under Mark Hughes, principal trumpeter of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Lee’s prinicipal on-stage forays began at Atlanta’s premier jazz club, Churchill Grounds, a gig he held until graduating with Honors under the direction of Dr. Gordon Vernick, GSU’s jazz studies director and trumpet professor.

In 2003, Lee earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University in New Jersey, under the guidance of vaunted jazz educators William Fielder and Clark Terry. From there, Lee has forged ahead as a trumpeter-in-demand, making a name for himself in New York City and beyond. When not on tour, Lee is in the recording studio lacing tracks with his sonic signature, having recorded with Mark Ronson, Jadakiss, Fantasia, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Ghosftace Killah, Sheila E, and on three Prince albums. Lee has likewise honed his production chops and composes not only his own material, but myriad other artists’ as well. Lee Hogans is a man on the move. And he certainly bears watching. And hearing. And heeding.


The Vibe Orientation available at:

CD BABY cdbaby.com/cd/hogans

Planet Earth-Prince and the NPG
Indigo 21 Nights-Prince and the NPG
Illinois Jacquet-The Last Concert

Set List

Original Songs:
The Vibe Orientation
Motor City
Say To Me
Play Dat
Cafe 290
New York Nights

Can't Hide Love-Earth,Wind, and Fire
Cissy Strut-The Meters
A Night In Tunisia-Dizzy Gillespie
Feel Like Makin Love-Roberta Flack/D'Angelo
Superstar-Luther Vandross
Pete Rock and CL Smooth
Can't Help It-Michael Jackson
Central Park West-John Coltrane
Big Payback-James Brown

Just a sample of what we do!