The Mind of William Hooker

William HookerWilliam Hooker's body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines him as one of the most important composers and players in jazz. As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit.
His work is frequently grounded in a narrative context. Whether set against a silent film or anchored by a poetic theme, Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz.
His ability to find fertile ground for moving music in a variety of settings that obliterate genre distinctions offers a much-needed statement of social optimism in the arts.

William Hooker (drummer,composer and poet) has created works that range from jazz and "new" music to experimental genres. He has released over 60 CDs a a leader. Mr. Hooker has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Atrium at Lincoln Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Walker Art Center,MTV, The Kitchen, Roulette, Real Art Ways. He has also presented his work at the JVC Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, CMJ Music Festival,Vilnius Jazz Festival, Experimenta Argentina,The Knitting Factory and the Victoriaville Music Festival.

William Hooker has received commissions and support from the New York State Council on the Arts,Meet the Composer,Tokio Marine Insurance Company and colleges and universities such as Oberlin, Fordham, Columbia,New York University, Boston University, Princeton, Dartmouth and many more. Accompanying musicians have included Billy Bang,David Ware,William Parker,Thurston Moore, David Soldier,Roy Campbell,DJ Spooky,Steven Bernstein,Zeena Parkins,Lee Ranaldo,Jason Hwang,Sabir Mateen, Elliot Sharpe,David Murray,Ted Daniel,JD Parren and many more.

"William knows no genre bounds and ceaselessly searches for new forms of music, always with the intent to inspire."


Upcoming Gigs
Saturday, 18 April 2015 8:00 PM
78 Reade St..#6, NYC
William Hooker Quartet at Piano Magic , 78 Reade St.,NYC sets - 8 and 9:30 pm $15.00 for the evening The quartet is composed of Jon Irabagon,James Brandon Lewis,Mark Hennen, William Hooker for info and tickets to this intimate evening call 212-732-8828 More...
Thursday, 14 May 2015 8:00 PM
The Firehouse Space
246 Frost St.,Brooklyn, NY
Evidence (The Baldwin Suite) Conceived by William Hooker, is a stirring multimedia tribute to the ferociously daring novelist and social critic, James Baldwin. Featuring the talents of Mr. Hooker and his quintet, this hour long tribute celebrates Baldwin’s great works and adherence to his number one conviction which is speaking truth to power regardless of how painful. An informal conversation with the audience and performers will follow the performance. More...
Saturday, 06 June 2015 7:00 PM
209 w 40th st.,5th fl, nyc
WILLIAM HOOKER PRESENTS at Funkadelic Studios Funkadelic Studios located near Times Square in the heart of Manhattan. 209 W 40th St,5th fl., New York, NY 10018 (212) 696-2513 More...

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