In The Tradition

In The Tradition

 Detroit, Michigan, USA

"A stimulating mix of African Rhythms, Jazz, & Funk. Like a musical soul-mate that you want to take with you everywhere you go”- Dr. Gloria House
This versatile ensenble can fit a wide variety of venues performing as a full octet+vocals to an intimate quartet, or any combination in-between.


“In The Tradition” began as the Christopher James / Charles Hopkins Quintet. At its inception the band was recognized as a formidable Hard-swinging Bebop ensemble that was faithful to the classic Bebop tradition and also featured unique originals.

The band was re-named “IN THE TRADITION” and began to focus more on the music of the African Diaspora yet remaining true to the Bebop tradition, creating a unique mixture of Jazz and African Rhythms. For 2011, the band will begin a new "educational piece" to their performances whenever posible (depending on venues ability to accommodate)

Each member of "In The Tradition" are seasoned musicians, band members have performed individually with other artists such as Dizzie Gallespie, Grant Greene, Mose Allison, BB King, Milt Jackson, Marcus Bellgrave, Johnny O'neal, Hugh Lawson, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves, and many others.

The band has performed throughout S.E. Michigan.
Notable performances include; The Detroit International Jazz Festival, Arts-Beats & Eats Festival in Pontiac Michigan, the “Black Star Community Festival” in Detroit, The African World Festival, C. H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit CitiFest, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, and countless engagements around Metro Detroit & S.E. Michigan causing reactions and comments from Jazz Critics such as:

Jim Gallert - “Stunning Performance!”,

“For REAL In Your Face Jazz catch In The Tradition whenever & wherever you can!” - The Michigan Citizen,

Jazzbo Johnson - “Solid Stuff, Real Earthy and Groove oriented but with those great bop forms”.

Their latest CD release, (The Tradition Continues! - 12/09) received National and International AirPlay in over 75 jazz markets such as Costa Rica, Barbados, England, Canada, Switzerland, and numerous cities across the USA. Setting the stage for future performances outside of S.E. Michigan.

The most common response from DJ's, Program Directors, and call in listeners has been, "WE NEED/WANT MORE MUSIC LIKE THIS!!!"


2009 "The Tradition Continues!"
2007 Release: "Fakira"
2003 Release: "In The Tradition"

Set List

Sets are typically 1 hour to 90 minutes.
Audiances can expect to hear:
1. Original compositions,

2. Vintage Bebop & Standards (always with a little “ITT” added. ITT= In The Tradition.),

3. Rare “Meaty” Funk Tunes.

Besides original music In The Tradition is known for playing Jazz & Funk Classics such as:
Gemini (J. Heath),
Chocolate Buttermilk (Kool & The Gang, R. Bell),
Smile Happy (War),
I Thought About You (Mercer/VanHeusen),
Crisis (F.Hubbard),
Tin Tin Deo (D. Gillespie),
Giant Steps (J. Coltrane),
Soft Blue (L. Morgan), and many other classic gems.