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Hosted by @nikhilhogan, The Nikhil Hogan Show is for those who are passionate about music and want to get deep insights by great musicians, 5 days a week.

Hosted by @nikhilhogan, The Nikhil Hogan Show is for those who are passionate about music and want to get deep insights by great musicians, 5 days a week.
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Hosted by @nikhilhogan, The Nikhil Hogan Show is for those who are passionate about music and want to get deep insights by great musicians, 5 days a week.






Larry Hochman | Tony Award-winning Orchestrator and 5x Emmy winning Composer

On today’s show, I’m excited to talk to Tony Award-winning orchestrator and 5-time EMMY award winning-composer, Larry Hochman! As co-orchestrator with Stephen Oremus on the Book of Mormon, Hochman has won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations and also the 2011 Drama Desk Award. He has also been a 7-time Tony Award Nominee for Best Orchestrations for productions such as “A Class Act”, The 2004 revival of Fiddler on the roof, the Scottsboro boys, monty python’s spamalot, something...


Ronnie King | Legendary Hip Hop and Punk Producer

On today’s show, I’m excited to talk to legendary hip hop and punk producer, composer, arranger and keyboardist, Ronnie King! Ronnie King became known for his analog Moog keyboard and Hammond organ: A sound that has been sampled and copied countless of times in hip hop and popular music. He has worked on records that have sold millions of units. We talk to Ronnie about how he got started in music, his work with Hip Hop legend Tupac Shakur, working with popular punk bands such as the Off...


Mark O'Connor | The O'Connor Method - Changing the way the violin is taught

Our guest today is 3-time GRAMMY winner, 6-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year, violinist, composer and educator Mark O’Connor! As solo recording artist he has sold over 2 million CDs. In 2000, O’Connor won the GRAMMY for “Best Classical Crossover Album” for “Appalachian Journey” with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. In 2009, O’Connor won a GRAMMY for “Best Instrumental Soloist performance (without orchestra)” for “Journey to the New World”. The O’Connor Band took home the 2016...


Michael Starobin | Talking orchestration and musical theatre with a legendary Tony Award-winning orchestrator

Our guest today is one of the top orchestrators and arrangers in Broadway and Hollywood, 2-time Tony Award-winner, Michael Starobin! On the Stage he’s been involved in some of the most acclaimed productions of all time including Sunday in the Park with George, Rags, Birds of Paradise, Falsettos, My Favorite Year, A New Brain, Assassins (which won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations), Next to Normal (which won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations) Queen of the Mist, and many...


Howard McCrary | The GRAMMY-nominated producer and singer who is SO GOOD

GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, Howard McCrary, joins the show for the first time! In 1985, He co-produced the album “So Good” and was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Gospel Performance, Male”. In 1987, he was given ASCAP’s Duke Ellington Award for most promising writer in gospel music and was commissioned to write the piece “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. He was featured as a background vocalist on Quincy Jones’...


Howard Rees | Spreading the teachings of jazz legend Barry Harris

Our guest today is internationally acclaimed pianist, educator and entrepreneur, Howard Rees! He is the producer of the acclaimed “Barry Harris Workshop Video” series volumes 1-3 and is also the Founder of Howard Rees’ Jazz Workshops, Canada’s oldest independent Jazz School, in operation for over 30 years. The Jazz Workshops have attracted more than 2,500 students from as far a field as Argentina, Bahamas, Chile, France, Holland, Japan, Serbia, Switzerland, Trinidad, the UK and the USA. He...


Tim Davies | From Frozen to Last of Us, top Hollywood conductor and orchestor

2-time GRAMMY-nominated Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor and Drummer Tim Davies, joins the show for the first time! He is one of the busiest conductors and orchestrators in Hollywood. His film and TV credits include La La Land, Trolls, Minions, Ant-Man, Empire, The Peanuts Movie, The Muppets, Lego Ninjago and Frozen. He is also the most prolific orchestrator and conductor in the world of video games having worked on multiple titles from the God of War, Infamous, Sims, Resistance...


Dafnis Prieto | MacArthur Genius and Latin Jazz sensation

2-time GRAMMY-nominated Drummer, Composer, Bandleader, Educator and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Dafnis Prieto joins the show for the first time! Since his arrival to New York in 1999 from Cuba, Prieto has worked in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron, and Andrew Hill, among others. In...


Dr. Jennifer Higdon | From Late Bloomer to Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer

Pulitzer Prize Winner and 2-time GRAMMY winner Dr. Jennifer Higdon joins the show for the first time! Dr. Higdon received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Bowling Green State University, an Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from the Hartt School and Bowling Green State University. Higdon enjoys more than 200 performances a year of her works. Her orchestral work, blue...


Ernie Watts | The incredibly prolific and versatile jazz saxophone master

2-time GRAMMY Award winner and 4-time GRAMMY Nominee, saxophonist and composer Ernie Watts joins the show for the first time! He has been playing the saxophone for more than fifty years and from age 16 on he has been playing professionally, initially while still attending school. He won a Downbeat Scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While studying at Berklee, Watts was recommended by trombonist Phil Wilson (a Berklee professor) to replace Gene Quill in Buddy Rich’s Big...


Dr. John Mortensen | Rediscovering the lost art of classical improvisation

We are delighted to have the renowned master of classical improvisation, pianist Dr. John Mortensen, join the show for the first time! Dr. John Mortensen is a leader in the international revival of classical improvisation. Appearing frequently as concert artist and masterclass teacher at colleges and universities in America and Europe, he is noted for his ability to improvise entire concerts in historical styles, including complex compositions such as Baroque fugues. His book on classical...


John Daversa | Composing, arranging and playing modern jazz for big band & small groups

3-time Grammy Nominee John Daversa, a renowned Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer and bandleader joins the show for the first time! He is a winner of the Herb Alpert Award, David Joel Miller Award, the National Trumpet Competition, the ITG Jazz Soloist Competition, and finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and a 3-time Grammy nominee. He has performed on world stages such as The Today Show, Late Nite with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Live 8...


Daniel Spreadbury | Dorico Pro and Dorico Elements, MAJOR new releases from Dorico!

Dorico Product Marketing Manager Daniel Spreadbury returns to the show for his 2nd appearance to talk about the recent major release of Dorico Pro and Dorico Elements. Great new features such as added Video, Time Signatures, System Track, Automation, Divisi, Ossias, Slashes, Bar Repeats, Note Performer 3 and many more! We talk in-depth about the exciting new features and also spend a little time talking to Daniel about his musical tastes!


Ted Nash | From son of legendary studio musician to Grammy Award-winning Artist

2-time Grammy winning saxophonist, arranger, conductor, educator and composer Ted Nash joins the show for the first time! Born in Los Angeles into a musical family (his father, trombonist Dick Nash, and uncle, the late saxophonist Ted Nash, were both well-known jazz and studio musicians), Nash started playing piano at the age of 7 before learning the clarinet at 12 and the alto sax at 13. As a high-school student, he studied jazz improvisation with vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake and got his...


John Beasley | Grammy Nominated Big Band Director, Music Director for American Idol, Jazz Pianist, Film Composer

5-time Grammy-nominated pianist, composer, arranger, and Emmy-nominated music director and producer, John Beasley makes his first appearance on the show! He has performed/recorded with illustrious artists, including Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Dianne Reeves, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Wallace Roney, James Moody, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, and Kenny Rankin; took the lead as Music Director for Steely Dan, American Idol, Queen Latifah, Carly Simon (DVD) and AR Rahman’s...


Alan Broadbent | From Gustav Mahler to Bud Powell, The master arranger/composer/pianist

2-time Grammy Award-winning arranger, jazz pianist and composer Alan Broadbent joins the show for the first time! Alan Broadbent was born in Auckland, New Zealand and in 1966, at the age of 19, received a Downbeat Magazine scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston and also studied with Lennie Tristano. In 1969 he was asked to join Woody Herman’s band as his pianist and arranger for 3 years. In 1972 he settled in Los Angeles, beginning a musical relationship with the legendary...


Christian Howes | Coming from a classical background to becoming a top jazz violinist

My guest today is world class performing violinist, educator and composer, Christian Howes! From 2001 to 2009, Howes was an in-demand violinist on the New York scene, collaborating with a bevy of top shelf jazz artists, including Randy Brecker, Jack Dejohnette, Steve Turre, Greg Osby, D.D. Jackson, Lenny White, Frank Vignola, Joel Harrison, Dafnis Prieto, Dave Samuels, Spyro Gyra, and a 4-year chair in Saxophonist Bill Evans’ “Soulgrass” band. Howes was a favorite of the late Les Paul, with...


Benny Green | The Lion of Jazz Piano

Born in New York, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned to Jazz. Supported by mentors such as Walter Bishop, Jr. and others, plus his love for the music propelled him to the upper strata of jazz luminaries. Green began his touring life with Betty Carter for four years and subsequently realized a life long dream of becoming a Jazz Messenger with Art Blakey...


Dr. Brian de Lima | Jazz informed by a sense of tradition while looking forward

Born in Nairobi, Kenya to Goan parents (Goa is a state on India's west coast that was colonized by Portugal), Dr. Brian de Lima relocated with his family to Toronto while still an infant. From his earliest days, he enjoyed a steady diet of jazz - his father, in addition to possessing great talents in the visual arts, is a proficient jazz guitarist with a special affinity for the music of Wes Montgomery. Brian began playing the piano at the age of three - with his father - before starting...


Austin McMahon | Top jazz drummer shares his knowledge on drumming

Drummer Austin McMahon performs regularly with Jerry Bergonzi’s Quartet and has recently performed and/or recorded with Sean Jones, George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Lionel Loueke, Ben Monder, Lage Lund, Kate McGarry, Noah Preminger, The Fringe, Jason Palmer and Grace Kelly. He has appeared as an opening act for Grammy award-winners Dianne Reeves and Esperanza Spalding. On tour, Austin has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and many, many Jazz Festivals...