Born in the United Kingdom and raised in the West Indies, Thaddeus Hogarth is an associate professor in the Guitar Department at Berklee. A two-time winner of the Independent Music Award for blues/R&B and R&B (2001 and 2006, respectively), he has been a prominent guitar player and singer-songwriter on the New England music scene since 1988, when he graduated from Berklee. He leads the Thaddeus Hogarth Band, featuring David Buda on bass, Joey Scrima on drums, and David Sparr on keyboards. His band has shared the bill or stage with such legends as Tower of Power, Average White Band, James Montgomery, Fred Wesley, and Johnny Winter, and was selected to represent Bose for the launch of its live music amplification technology.
Hogarth has also collaborated with Sister Carol, a reggae legend and Grammy Award nominee. He was the principal singer-songwriter and guitarist for Heavy Metal Horns, known for heavy-hitting, funk-rock grooves and full brass sound. The band released two CDs for international distribution—Heavy Metal Horns and Horns in the House, and was named Best New Band by Boston Magazine in 1990 and Outstanding Club Act at the Boston Music Awards in 1992.
Hogarth has released four award-winning solo CDs and a live concert DVD, and is the author of Funk/R&B Guitar: Creative Solos, Grooves & Sounds. His music and voice can be heard worldwide in full-length and independent short feature films, commercial television, PBS, and MTV. Billboard Magazine described Hogarth's music as "Soul Terra Firma," and the Boston Globe called him a "guitar virtuoso."
- Career Highlights
- Leader, Thaddeus Hogarth Band
- Five solo CDs and a live performance DVD with the Thaddeus Hogarth Band
- Author of Funk/R&B Guitar: Creatives Solos, Grooves & Sounds
- Author of Berklee Online course Funk-Rock/R&B Guitar Soloing
- Recordings include It Might as Well Be Now, which features a collaboration with Grammy Award–nominee Sister Carol
- Former lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter/producer for Boston's Heavy Metal Horns
- Performances with Average White Band, Jimmy Cliff, James Montgomery, Tower of Power, Fred Wesley, Johnny Winter, and the Neville Brothers; and at the Montreal Jazz Fest, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, and Newport at Saratoga Jazz Festival
- Songs, compositions, and voice featured on PBS, MTV, and independent and full-length feature films
- Best New Band, Boston Magazine, 1990
- Outstanding Club Act, Boston Music Awards, 1992
- Independent Music Award, best blues/R&B song, 2001
- Independent Music Award, best R&B album, 2006
- B.M., Berklee College of Music
In Their Own Words
"As a thriving independent recording artist, I think of my job as not only to disseminate information but to give a strong basis of context for this information and a method for incorporating it into the student's own identity as a musician, whether as a performer, a composer, or both."
"I'd like my students to gain what I call a dose of reality. I try to keep them thinking about the reasons why they're doing this and keep those valuable reasons in the forefront. I've had success with this as motivation for the daily practice routines that may seem tedious. I encourage them to be open and to set realistic goals, while at the same time realizing that the process is equally important. This is true not just in the classroom."