Live Today culminates all of Hodge’s experiences working with various jazz, R&B, hip-hop, gospel, and classical artists, resulting in music that’s at once adventurous, yet accessible, and, more importantly, extremely personal. “This whole album was about putting on a composer’s hat,” Hodge explains. “I wanted to be honest and transparent to all of the people who were supporting me and wishing me well. I wanted this album to give them real snapshots of how I felt as an artist at a given moment on a given day. Let them be a part of my journey.”
The album features guest appearances from rapper Common, singer-guitarist Alan Hampton, as well as Rober Glasper Experiment members Robert Glasper, vocoderist Casey Benjamin, and drummers Mark Colenburg and Chris Dave, in addition to keyboardists James Poyser and Aaron Parks, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, and the American String Quartet, among others.
Watch the album trailer for Live Today below:
Listen to a track off Live Today, titled "Message of Hope"
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Aug. 6 – Cutting Room – New York, NY
Aug. 7 – Casbah – Durham, NC
Aug. 8 – Liv – Washington DC
Aug. 11 – San Jose Fest – San Jose, CA
Aug. 13 – Brick & Mortar – San Francisco, CA
Aug. 14 – New Parish – Oakland, CA
Aug. 15 – Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 17 – Spread Love @ National Black Arts Festival – Atlanta, GA
Sept. 6 – Regatta Bar – Boston, MA