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About Hank

Welcome to the blog on the website of Hank Hehmsoth. Here you'll find many and varied writings of Hank Hehmsoth, from opinions, to articles and videos from related topics, and last but not least, his music. Hank frequently gives readings and talks in the Austin/San Marcos area as well as the rest of the country. If you are a creative composer or music professor and are interested in Hank teaching a master class on improvisation, composition, and related topics, such as jazz piano and harmony, at your college or university, contact him directly.

My 2nd Fulbright Senior Specialist visit to Chile!!

They really have me working this time! 3 week long seminars 3 hours a day on: Jazz Theory and Improvisation Jazz Composition and Arranging Jazz Piano Techniques Individual MasterClasses on: Innovative, Creative, and Successful Techniques for the Practice of Music … Continue reading

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2016 Jazz Masters

As a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, I am so happy that Gary Burton was honored this year! I remember going to see him at Baylor University right after his first album came out in 1972! You can download … Continue reading

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MacDowell Residency Feedback

… from May 30, 2011 – a reissue of discovery as an artist MacDowell Residency Feedback Form these are the verbatim notes I wrote on my last day at MacDowell….. “word” notes from a composer I can’t express enough the … Continue reading

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David Liebman and Teaching Jazz

There is a furor about jazz education and the recent popularity of the movie “Whiplash”. Here is Dave Liebman’s thoughtful response: I have always contended that the top priority for a teacher is to concentrate on “learning how to learn.” … Continue reading

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Full Circle – 100 Years of the Paramount

I was interviewed for an upcoming book about the Paramount Theatre’s 100 year anniversary. My father (yes! my father!) was born in 1889, and was musical director at the Paramount a century ago, 40 years before I was born. I … Continue reading

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Rockefeller Bellagio Project – Composer & Organizer

My Project at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center will spread international goodwill and creativity worldwide, emphasizing the global and cross-cultural impact of the arts, especially music. The Project will harness, enlist, and elevate global creativity as a bond across nations and … Continue reading

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ASCAP PLUS award 11-14-2014

a pleasant surprise. I don’t even remember applying… awarded to writer members whose catalogs have prestige value.

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Musician’s Forum with Dr Thomas Clark

Musician’s Forum 9/25/14 Musician Secrets of Success *and Dr. Clark’s vocal debut!! “Smoke Gets in your Eyes” TXSTATE pic.twitter.com/zPNtVOHQQP — Hank Hehmsoth (@HankHehmsoth) September 26, 2014

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Graduate Jazz Piano Techniques class 2014

Graduate Jazz Piano Techniques class – these guys rock! well… they swing too! — TxState Jazz Studies Fall 2014 pic.twitter.com/wVzoD1HMr5 — Hank Hehmsoth (@HankHehmsoth) September 16, 2014 with Jerry Espinoza, Sam Thrasher, Ben Triesch, Brian Christensen, Nicholas Tozzo, Bjorn Johnson … Continue reading

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The Role Of College Teaching In The Life of A Creative Musician

The Role Of College Teaching In The Life of A Creative Musician http://t.co/y71U7tQFWL by Payton MacDonald pic.twitter.com/st2XVIlVLJ — NewMusicBox (@newmusicbox) September 10, 2014

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