NEW ALBUM PROJECT
Stevland Hardaway Morris, aka Stevie Wonder, is a 25-time Grammy award winning music legend and activist spanning a diversity of cultures. You know his songs and you know his commitment to social justice.
On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Stevie was awarded Israel's presigious Wolf Prize for “his tremendous contribution to music and society enriching lives of entire generations of music lovers.”
President Reuven Rivlin
The Associated Press, reports that the singer-songwriter was awarded the Wolf Prize alongside some other respectable names in the arts and sciences who were given the same recognition.
Pianist, arranger and producer Laurence Hobgood received a 2009 Grammy award for his work as producer on vocalist and Grammy recipient Kurt Elling's album "Dedicated To You." Hobgood is best known for his near 20-year tenure as Elling's music director. Clif was considering working on a new album project and decided it would be a tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder. Clif contacted Hobgood and asked if he would be interested in collaborating. Hobgood loved the idea. The result was a meeting in San Francisco to further discuss the project. Hobgood named the project Stevie's World. They spent several hours discussing music, creating and trying out ideas for Stevie's World. Their next meeting was at a concert featuring three-time US poet laureate Robert Pinsky reading his poetry accompanied by Hobgood's picturesque piano improvisations. The performance was yet another omen of possibilities for Stevie's World.
"Electrifying." Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
"Whatever he ends up doing next with his pen and piano, it will no doubt be swinging." Downbeat
"Yes, something momentous is indeed coming. "The New York Times
"The sheer beauty of Hobgood's tone and touch are worth savoring." Chicago Tribune
STEVIE'S WORLD is a unique tribute to Stevie's world of innovative, inspirational and thought-provoking music. It's a look at his works from a fresh perspective as his influence continues into his 70th decade.
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"Clif is a lush tenor with soaring melismas in his individual passages." Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
Clif's music is a melange of jazz, r&b, funk, The Great American Songbook, Harlem, Broadway and the call of long ago New Orleans. His vocals evoke the soothing tones of Donny Hathaway, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.