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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.






Raul Midón | GRAMMY-nominated Singer-songwriter, Guitar Virtuoso and Producer

In today’s episode of the Nikhil Hogan Show, I’m excited to talk to GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter, musician, guitar virtuoso and producer Raul Midón! Along with releasing 10 studio albums as a solo artist, Raul Midón – dubbed “an eclectic adventurist” by People magazine – has collaborated with musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, along with contributing to recordings by Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. In 2017, Midon...


Larry Klein | 4-time GRAMMY-award winning producer, bass player, songwriter

Wow, what a guest we have on today’s show: 4-time GRAMMY Award Winning Producer, Musician and Songwriter, Larry Klein! Klein has worked with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Tracy Chapman, Madeleine Peyroux, Walter Becker, Luciana Souza, Melody Gardot, Pink, Seal, numerous albums with Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Warren Zevon, Celine Dion and many others. He produced the GRAMMY Award winning 2007 Album Of The Year, and Best Contemporary Jazz Album Of The Year,...


Elliot Goldenthal | Academy Award-Winning Composer for Film, Theater and Orchestra

We’ve got an amazing guest today, Academy Award-winning Composer, Elliot Goldenthal! He’s the composer for films such as Alien 3, Interview with the Vampire, Heat, Titus, Public Enemies, Batman Forever, Demolition Man, Final Fantasy the Spirits Within and many more. Goldenthal’s original two-act opera Grendel, directed by Julie Taymor, premiered at the Los Angeles Opera and was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music. Goldenthal has composed music for more than a dozen theatrical...


Peter Erskine | 2-Time GRAMMY-winning Drummer on over 700 recordings

On today’s show, we talk to 2-time GRAMMY Award winner, Drummer, Bandleader, Producer and Educator, Peter Erskine! He has appeared on 700 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee College of Music (1992). 50 albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin...


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...