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Hogarth, Ted (Richard Theodore)

Hogarth, Ted (Richard Theodore), saxophones, clarinets, composer, arranger, educator; b. Tulsa, OK, 30 November 1970. His early years were spent living in the Midwest. From 1977-1986 his family lived in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia where his father, Richard W., b. 1932 and mother (born Jean A. Kasmerchak, b. 1932), worked for ARAMCO. He has one brother, William Thomas b. 1963.

Ted grew up listening to the music of the big bands which inspired him to start lessons on the clarinet at age eleven then the saxophone shortly there after. He attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts from 1985-1989 where he performed in the concert band, jazz ensemble, combos, and symphony orchestra. Ted then attended Arizona State University, from 1989-1993, where his training focused on classical saxophone and jazz studies. While attending ASU Ted gigged with R&B groups and with society bands.

In 1993 Ted left ASU and moved to Chicago to pursue a performing career. He played alto, tenor, clarinet, and flute in a variety of jazz and society groups. The playing experience he gained while in Arizona afforded him the opportunity to make a smooth transition into Chicago. Though happy with all of his playing opportunities, Ted missed playing baritone. After purchasing a horn, he made the rounds of jam sessions and notified his business contacts that he was available to play baritone. At that point he made the baritone, along with bass clarinet, his instruments of choice.

New playing opportunities began emerge and Ted found himself under the tutelage of Chicago native, Ron Kolber. Ron spent his life in Chicago and made his career and reputation as a solid sax section baritone player and top-notch copyist. Their friendship and Ron's generous spirit and experience changed Ted's concept of sound, style, and life.

Ted began teaching private woodwind lessons in 1994 at local schools including Loyola Academy, Sears Middle School, and Maine South High School. In the summer of 1997 Ted began what would be a recurring summer teaching position with the Gallery 37 Latin Big Band sponsored by the City of Chicago, Sherwood Conservatory and Merit School of Music. Due to his new found interest in Latin Jazz, Ted participated in a two-week program at the Nacional de Escuela de Arte in Havana, Cuba in February, 2000 with master Cuban musicians. In the fall of 1997 Ted was invited to join the woodwind faculty at Sherwood Conservatory where he taught private saxophone lessons and directed the Latin jazz ensemble. He was appointed Department Chair of winds and percussion in 1998.

In 1996 Ted was invited to play baritone saxophone in a rehearsal with William Russo's Chicago Jazz Ensemble. He was asked to be a permanent member of the ensemble. With the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Ted played a variety of pieces by Ellington, Basie, Lunceford, and William Russo. Ted was also called upon to play alto, tenor, C-melody and bass saxophones, as well as flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet. The CJE played concerts through out Chicago, plus Bird Land in New York, and the Teatro Manzoni in Milan. Though William Russo passed away in 2003, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble continues to perform. While playing in the CJE, Ted was invited by William Russo to teach at Columbia College Chicago, where Russo was the Music Department Chairman. Ted is still teaching private woodwind lessons, jazz ensembles, and community jazz ensemble at Columbia.  

Ted's own groups vary in size from duo to large ensemble. He composes and arranges his own pieces and arranges other's work for many situations. He continues to pursue the study of music and to explore all aspects of music. His current group is THC, the Ted Hogarth Collective, and is focused on original compositions and arrangements.

His wife, Lisa Rosenthal, a playwright and author, was born in 1962.

Steps Taken (2000); Ted Hogarth Collective (2004)

As sideperson:
Brian O'Hern and the Model Citizens Big Band: Party, Party, Party (1998); Michele Thomas: I'll Take Romance (1999); Kimo Williams and Kimotion: Tracking (2000); Katherine Gauthier: First Steps (2001); Chicago Jazz Ensemble directed by William Russo: Kenton a la Russo (2001); Kimotion Live 2002 (2002)

Contact information:
Ted can be contacted through his website at www.tedhogarth.com or at

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