Saturday April 30, which happens to be International Jazz Day, the Center for The Arts at Wesleyan presents the Jay Hoggard Harlem Hieroglyphs Ensemble. The 8 p.m. concert celebrates the music of the vibraphonist and composer, serving as a "CD Release Party" for his new double-album, "Harlem Hieroglyphs". Joining him on the stage of Crowell Concert Hall will be pianist James Weidman, drummer Pheroan akLaff, bassist Belden Bullock, and saxophonist René McLean.
Anyone acquainted with Jay Hoggard knows he's one of the most positive persons you'll ever meet. The music on "Harlem Hieroglyphs" is imbued with joy, hope, and wonder. His story is not only filled with his history but also his accomplishments and dreams. This is music that breathes, that swings with ease, soothes the soul, and makes one smile.
For more information about the album, go to www.jayhoggard.com. To get tickets to Saturday's 8 p.m. concert, go to www.wesleyan.edu/cfa or call 860-685-3355.
Here's "Mystical Cycles of Skin, Wood, and Metal" to whet your appetite and the show:
(A edited version of this review also appears at steptempest.blogspot.com/2016/04/take-jay-train.html.)