Thaddeus Hogarth

Thaddeus Hogarth

BandR&B

Honest, soulful R&B/funk-rock in the tradition of Sly, Curtis, Stevie, and Kravitz! Yesterday's sounds over Tomorrow's Groove with Today's Message!

Biography

Thaddeus Hogarth continues his musical evolution as an award-winning singer/songwriter, balancing it with the career of guitar faculty at Boston's famed Berklee College of Music. Born in England and raised in St. Kitts, West Indies, multi-instrumentalist, Thaddeus Hogarth brings a diverse set of musical influences to his music. His current brainchild is a powerhouse unit delivering a collection of serious funk-rock R&B tunes that make you stop, listen and groove. The line-up includes drumkit and percussion virtuoso Joey Scrima (Connie Stevens, David Benoit), bassist Wesley Wirth (formerly with Chuck Mangione and Bob Moses) and David Sparr (Little Dog Studios) on keyboards and background vocals. This band holds nothing back and the live shows are electrifying. Thaddeus and his band have recently shared the bill with the likes of such legends as Tower of Power and Johnny Winter. As a sideman, Thaddeus has recently performed with virtuosos  Kenwood Dennard (George Benson, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock) and   Tony "Thunder" Smith (Van Morrison, John McLaughlin, Tina Turner)

In recent developments, Thaddeus and his band were chosen to participate in a program with Bose to help them launch their new Personalized Amplication System(tm) family of products. Thaddeus is one of only 24 music acts that were hand-picked to represent Bose in live music venues nationwide. This unique cutting-edge sound system is changing the way live music is amplified and recorded and was used to record Thaddeus' newly released 4th solo CD, "Live at Bose" (Higher Ground Records). This highly anticipated live recording finally captures the energy of his performance.

Thaddeus' music pays an obvious tribute to his childhood influences. These range from the 70's soulful styles of the likes of Bill Withers and Sly Stone to the hypnotic grooves and sociopolitical commentary of the early reggae movement in the West Indies. The feel is raw and organic with many of the defining sounds of the 70's; B3 organ, Fender Rhodes, Hohner Clavinet and Thaddeus' ever present wah-wah rhythm guitar. Adding to this mix is his chromatic harmonica playing, reminiscent of early era Stevie Wonder.

His previous CD release, "It Might As Well Be Now" , (September 12th, 2003, Higher Ground Records) is an enhanced CD, which contains three music videos in addition to the 10 audio tracks. One track features a collaboration with and a guest appearance by Grammy Nominee, Reggae Legend Sister  Carol.  Prior to that, "Trying to Believe" (March 16th, 2001 Spinning Records) was released to rave reviews, earning Thaddeus and his Band the Best R&B/Blues category of the Independent Music Awards. These awards are sponsored by and featured in the 2001 issue of the national publication, The Musician's Atlas on sale at bookstores nationwide. Judges for this award included the likes of Aimee Mann, Jimmy Cliff, Lisa  Loeb, Jose Feliciano, and Joshua Redman, to name a few. Various songs from Thaddeus' CDs have been featured in episodes of MTV's, Undressed, and The Osbournes.

Thaddeus' former notable contribution to the Boston music scene was as the principal Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist for the Heavy Metal Horns. The Heavy Metal Horns gained recognition in Boston in the 90's through their original heavy hitting funk rock grooves, outstanding personal presence, and full brass sound. Numerous awards include Best New Band 1990 (Boston Magazine), Outstanding Club Act (Boston Music Awards 1992). Through multiple national tours of the U.S.,(including Boston, Montreal and Newport Jazz Festivals) and international distribution of 2 CDs, ("Heavy Metal Horns" - Square Records, "Horns In The House" - Polystar/Danger), Thaddeus' songwriting, vocals, guitar and harmonica playing have been heard worldwide.

Discography

1999-When the Sun Goes Down
2001-Trying to Believe
2003-It Might As Well Be Now
2005-Live At Bose

Set List

Set lists are comprised of the funkiest songs from the cd's along with select (old school!) originals.