Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, producer, Grammy® winner and Yamaha® artist Laurence Hobgood has enjoyed a 40+year career. Highlights include: three consecutive Fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival (1990, ’91, ’92), being chosen as a 1995 Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts, a 2003 Deems Taylor Award given by ASCAP for the year’s outstanding music journalism, and multiple Grammy® nominations and a 2010 Grammy® Award. He’s played at many of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the White House, the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl. For almost 20 years he served as pianist/arranger/collaborator/coproducerfor singer Kurt Elling during which time he wrote virtually all of the material on Elling’s first ten albums, all of which received Grammy® nominations.
For his Black Cat residency Laurence will perform two nights (Jan. 15, 16) of his exciting quintet repertoire featuring world renowned saxophone giant Ernie Watts (Ernie Watts!), then two nights (Jan. 17, 18) of his celebrated trio music. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear this dynamic music in the intimacy of the Black Cat, SF’s new “hip” hang!