The Voyager Jazz Group was officially founded in Marseille France in May 2013. Debuting as a quartet, the group was compromised of a collection of musicians from 3 countries. Members included William Brian Hogg – saxophones from the US, Philippe Martel – piano and Gerard Guerin – bass from France, and Willie Walsh – drums from Ireland. Performing throughout the summer at jazz festivals and concerts from Paris to Marseille, the group recorded its first album titled Rencontre (translated from French to mean “meet” or “meeting”) to critical acclaim in the south of France. A regular fixture on jazz radio for several months following the album’s debut, Rencontre continues to fill playlists internationally. The record features fresh approaches to Jazz standard repertoire and includes 2 original compositions by William Brian Hogg. Guest artists include the renowned jazz musician William Galison on harmonica and French Jazz star Kristin Marion on vocals. You can order the Voyager Debut Recording Rencontre HERE.
The latest collation of the group, formed late in 2017, includes some of the finest young jazz musicians in the greater Cincinnati area. The group, now a sextet, features William Brian Hogg - saxophones, Eric Snyder - trumpet and flugelhorn, Zach Granger - Trombone, Sean Herzig – Moog Synthesizer and Malletkat, Ryan Jones - Keyboards, Jacob Hagedorn – guitar, and Nick Hach – drums. It is with great pleasure the Voyager welcomes Oscar Jair Salamanca Alarcon as our new full time bassist! Oscar is the manager and musical director for two of Cincinnati's premiere salsa and latin Jazz groups,
The group performs original compositions by the members influenced by a wide array of musical styles and genres.
Stay tuned as the Voyager jazz group plans to record their second album in the summer 2020!