Trumpeter and composer, W. Lee Hogans finds truth in the words of the charismatic Louis Armstrong, “What we play is life!” Maintaining an aggressive path of professional achievement in his own right, Lee’s journey as a musician has been guided far beyond his native of Atlanta, where he began studying music at the age of ten. Now, several years later, Lee’s diligence has paid off as he continues to fashion a style of music distinctly his own. Quickly gaining notoriety by working with giants in the entertainment industry, Lee’s experience covers the gamut. Currently, Lee is touring with Hip Hop legend and entrepreneur, Jay-Z, who recently performed at the inauguration of President Barak Obama. He is a band member of legendary pop icon, Prince and played with him at the 2008 Academy Awards/Oscars Party. They’ve also played together at the club 02 in London following a performance during the 2007 Super Bowl week in Miami and a stint at Club 3121 in Las Vegas. Lee also jumped at the opportunity to tour with media mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs’ on the Press Play world tour, where the band made numerous guest television appearances. Lee has also found distinct pleasure in playing with Hidden Beach Recording Artist, Jill Scott, performing in the U.S and Europe for her summer of 2008 “The Real Thing” tour. Lee has also performed with Saxophonist Mike Phillips, who has been a mentor and inspiration to Lee, performing at annual events including the Tom Joyner Cruise, Essence Festival and the BET Jazz Festival. When not playing with such notables, Lee is persistently cultivating his sound and skill as a trumpeter and composer leading his own band, Pursuance). Encompassing the worlds of Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Soul, Lee’s stylistic influences range from Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard to James Brown and Run DMC. Having completed his debut album with Pursuance, The Vibe Orientation (which has received airplay on The Weather Channel and XM Radio), Lee’s focus as a composer centers on strong catchy grooves with beautiful hypnotic melodies. Pursuance dazzles audiences at a number of destination venues throughout New York and New Jersey including the Blue Note, Groove, and Cecil’s Jazz Club..
Gary D. Hines Composer/Keyboardist/Songwriter/Producer/Arranger/Conductor Longevity and versatility best characterize the music industry career of Gary D. Hines. For the past 35 years, this native New Yorker and Minneapolis, MN resident has been the conductor, producer, keyboardist, arranger and principal songwriter of and for the Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness. Hines’musical background commenced at the age of five with drum and bugle corps. By adolescence his interests included orchestral percussion, piano, Jazz, Blues, Rock, R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Gospel, Spirituals, Reggae, Latin, Big Band and choral music. Also an in-demand clinician, Hines has conducted workshops, seminars and lectures at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and around the world about African-American music, history and culture from pre-school to post-grad, to The Smithsonian. Hines’ has provided musical arrangements on three Grammy Award-winning gold albums including “The Evolution of Gospel” by The Sounds of Blackness, “Handel’s Messiah – A Soulful Celebration” and “The Apostle” Soundtrack. He has collaborated with Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Jam & Lewis, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Prince, Sting, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Ashanti, LA& Babyface, Edwin Hawkins, Bebe & Cece Winans, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Santana and many others. Gary’s arrangements can be heard on soundtracks from, “The Apostle”, to “House Party” to Walt Disney’s Feature Animation – “John Henry”. On the corporate/commercial side he has composed/recorded for The NBA, NFL, IBM, 3M, Northwest Airlines, and The Philip Morris Company, to name a few. Most recently, Hines produced “The Night Before Christmas II” and, co-produced on the Earth Wind and Fire and, Jimi Hendrix Tribute CD’s featuring Prince, Santana, Eric Clapton, and others. In June, 2007 Sounds of Blackness will release their brand new cd, “KINGS & QUEENS”. Gary gives God the highest praise and thanks for all things. Gary Hines: