David Hagedorn is an Artist in Residence in the Music Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he teaches percussion, jazz studies, and world music. St. Olaf Jazz I received an award for best undergraduate large jazz band in the Downbeat magazine 2011 student music awards.
He received a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where his principal teacher was John Beck. He also holds a M.M. in Percussion Performance from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Vic Firth, of the Boston Symphony, and a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Marv Dahlgren and Paula Culp, of the Minnesota Orchestra. He attended the Banff Jazz Workshop in 1981 and 1990, studying with vibist Karl Berger, drummers Ed Blackwell, Abraham Adzenyah, and Marvin “Smitty “Smith.
His latest release, Horizon, with pianist Dan Cavanagh, was released in December of 2010. Hagedorn also has an album, Solid/Liquid on the artegra label in SACD format released in October of 2003. He is featured on Songs from the Lonely Avenue by the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and also with pipa artist Gao Hong on Quiet Forest, Flowing Stream. Other albums with local artists include Subduction the Phil Hey Quartet, live at the Artists Quarter, Where’s When with Pete Whitman’s X-tet, the Out to Lunch Quintet, live at the Artists Quarter, and many recordings with the vocal group Cantus. He recorded two albums with the George Russell Living Time Orchestra on Blue Note Recordings: the African Game, nominated for a “best big band” Grammy in 1986, and So What.
Tours with George Russell, included concerts at Kool Jazz Festivals in Saratoga Springs, New York and San Diego, California and club appearances at Sweet Basil in New York City and at the African American Cultural Center in Philadelphia. He played vibes and marimba on Twin Cities jazz singer Debbie Duncan’s album, It Must be Christmas on Igmod Recordings. In 1984, he received an honorable mention award from Down Beat magazine for a performance with alto saxophonist Nelson Rangell.Hagedorn has performed in academic setttings with: David Berkman, Anthony Braxton, Armen Donelian, Gil Evans, Urbie Green, Happy Apple, Thad Jones, Vince Mendoza, Tiger Okoshi, Julian Priester, Rufus Reid, Clark Terry, Steve Turre, and Kenny Wheeler. He has also performed with Anthony Cox, Bobby Shew, and Roy Hargrove.
He has appeared on the Prairie Home Companion and Good Evening, shows on Minnesota Public Radio, and also at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Jazzfest.Hagedorn regularly performs in the Twin Cities with groups such as Source Code with Eric Gravatt (drummer formerly with Weather Report), the Out to Lunch Quintet, the Phil Hey Quartet, Low Blows, Pete Whitman’s X-tet, and JazzMn.
Artist in Residence, Philip Hey, drummer and affiliate faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Music, was born in New York City and grew up in Philadelphia.
His early years were influenced by the music of the 1960s; his parents had music playing in the home “all the time” and he was fortunate to receive encouragement from his high school band director. Several years of study at the University of Minnesota in American Studies and Afro-American Studies and private study with Edward Blackwell, who defined drumming style in America, led Hey into a career in jazz. Hey has performed in concert, in clubs, on video, on national radio and television. He can be heard on several recordings, most notably Tribute to Mingus, released by the Tom Hubbard Ensemble.
Paul Hill graduated from the University of MN – Twin Cities in 2000 with a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance, as a student of Fernando Meza. Since then he has become an active freelance percussionist and teacher in the Twin Cities, and Twin Ports areas.
He is the former Principal Percussionist & Assistant Principal Timpanist of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, as well as having played with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Winnipeg Symphony, and may local theaters including the Guthrie, Children’s Theater, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater.
Paul also plays drum set with various local big-bands, and a Radiohead Tribute band. Paul teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Olaf College, St. Joseph’s School of Music, as well as privately. Paul has recorded with Michael Colgrass, and Gunther Schuller, Minnesota Opera for the world premiere of Silent Night (2011), and is currently starting up a custom drum, and mallet making business.