The Greg Hopkins Quintet + One

The Greg Hopkins Quintet + One

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The Quintet + One is a beautiful chemistry of pure respect and total musical magic; a very rare opportunity to hear the legendary Mick Goodrick and Gary Chaffee. The sonic palette created by bringing these six players together performing the sublime compositions of Greg Hopkins is Reality Check.

Biography

Performer, composer, and arranger Greg Hopkins first picked up the trumpet as a boy in Detroit, and to this day it would be hard to spot him without his horn. Hopkins plays even when caught in traffic on commute to Berklee College of Music, where he’s been teaching since 1974 - the year the London Times called him “a real find” for the Buddy Rich Orchestra.

That symbiosis of man and musical instrument is evident in Hopkins’ solo performances by which he has served the orchestras of Louis Bellson, Billy Maxted, Rich, and Herb Pomeroy, as well as his own small ensembles and big bands. Hopkins began his professional career in 1965, freelancing in the Detroit area for such acts as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Gladys Knight until 1969, when he graduated Michigan State.

From 1969 to 1974 he toured nationally and internationally, appearing at the Newport, Monterey, and other major jazz festivals. Hopkins has also performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, the Supremes, Burt Bacharach, Nancy Wilson, Lou Rawls, Mitzi Gaynor, Michel Legrand, Johnny Mathis, Shirley MacLaine, Marvin Hamlisch, and Lena Horne, as well as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Boston Brass Ensemble.

He recorded as soloist and arranger the "Roar of ‘74" and "Stick It" with the Buddy Rich Orchestra, "Afrodisia" with Lonnie Smith, "Pramlatta’s Hips" with Herb Pomeroy (Shiah), "Together" with Maggie Scott (MM and R), "Orange Then Blue" with George Adams (GM Recordings), "Jumpin’ in the Future" with Gunther Schuller (GM), "Dreams Come True" with Suzanne Dean (NOVA), and with numerous others.

His theater work includes 42nd Street, Dancin', Some Like It Hot, Annie, Tommy Tune Tonight, Catskills on Broadway, West Side Story, Porgy and Bess, My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison, The King and I with Yul Brynner, Into the Woods, Ragtime, and A Chorus Line.

His own 16-Piece Jazz Orchestra CD, "Okavongo", is out on the Summit label, as is his quintet CD, "Quintology", featuring Bill Pierce, Mick Goodrick, and Gary Chaffee. He released the trio CD with Tim Ray's chamber jazz group "Tre Corda", featuring Tim on piano, and Eugene Friesen on cello. Hopkins is also featured on the new Grammy® winning jazz CD by composer Joel Pallson and his Septet, on the Icelandic label. He was trumpet soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, on Arthur Welwoods composition for jazz trumpet and orchestra, Albany Records, "Wind, Sky, and Clouds".

Mr. Hopkins' busy teaching and performing schedule takes him all over the world doing concerts, festivals, jazz club dates, and clinics. Recently he has visited Italy, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Alaska and Argentina.

A Professor of Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music, Hopkins has developed and teaches several courses in composition and also directs the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, one of the most prestigious performing ensembles at the school.

He has published arrangements and compositions with Kendor, Studio P.R., and Tom Crown Brass Publications. Hopkins continues to write and orchestrate; at Berklee, the debut of his “Inner Voyage” for Herb Pomeroy’s tribute shook the Performance Center not long ago, with John Abercrombie and Abe Laboriel, Sr. soloing. Mr. Hopkins recently arranged the music for Esperanza Spaulding's “Radio Music Society” tour.

Hopkins works often with his 16 Piece Jazz Orchestra, and also performs regularly with his quintet, and Tim Ray's trio, Tre Corda. Reality Check, from the Greg Hopkins Quintet + One is his latest release with ten new compositions due out April 1 (Un-Gyve Records).

Discography

2013

REALITY CHECK The Greg Hopkins Quintet + One (Un-Gyve Records) †‡††

BOSTON Toni Kitanovski, Greg Hopkins & friends (SJF Records) ††

RECONTRADOBLE Pablo Ablanedo Octet(o) (Creative Nation Music) ††

2012

TOMORROW'S PAST Giovianni Moltoni Quartet (C Sharp Squared) ࠠ
WICKED GOOD The US Air Force Liberty Jazz Band with Jiggs Whigham and Phil Wilson (USAF) ࠠ
STRIKE THE HARP: AN IRISH CHRISTMAS REVELS The Revels (Revels Records) ††

2010

NOTHING BUT ILLUSION Ilona Kudina Quintet with Billy Hart, Vardan Ovsepian, Akili Jamal Haynes (WGBH Studios) ࠠ
LIVE Giovianni Moltoni Quartet (C Sharp Squared) ࠠ
WELCOME YULE: AN ENGLISH CHRISTMAS REVELS The Revels (Revels Records) ††

2009

THE JERZY WASOWSKI SONGBOOK Bogdan Holownia with Jerry Vejmola, Bronic Suchanek and Joe Hunt (Hobo Records) ࠠ
NO SECRETS Ralph Rosen with George Garzone, Bruce Katz (TWorks) ††
YESTERDAYS The Eddie Madden Orchestra with Jodi Ebling (Coach Lane Productions) ††

2008

3 Giovianni Moltoni Quartet (C Sharp Squared) ࠠ
LIVE! WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HER FRIENDS Marlene Del Rosario (Blue Earth Corp.) ††
TOMORROW WILL BE TODAY Music by Bavicchi, Pullig, Kecuhi (BKJ Productions) ††

2007

BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC 60TH ANNIVERSARY (Falculty Composers Series) ࠠ
NOCHES DE FEELING Eugenia Sancho (Montalvo Records) ††

2006

RADIO GHOSTS Chris McDermott (P&N Records) ††

2005

PALLADIUM TRADITION Eguie Castrillo & His Orchestra (Coyeyo Records) †‡††

2004

THE AMERICAN SOLOIST Andrew List (Albany Records) ††
JOEL PALSSON SEPTETT (OMI Jazz) ††

2002

QUINTOLOGY The Greg Hopkins Quintet (Summit) †‡††

SELECTED WORKS John Bavicchi Productions (Montross) ††

2001

OKAVONGO The Greg Hopkins 16 Piece (Summit) †‡††

1999

JAZZ! Chuck Marohnic, Sam Pilafian, Greg Hopkins Jazz Nonet (Summit) †‡††

1998

THE OPPOSITE OF SEX Mason Daring Score (Don Roos/Rysher/Sony Classics)
MATÚS JAKABCIC TENTET †‡††

1997

I'M YOUR PAL Toni Ballard (Dolphin Records) ††

1995

50TH ANNIVERSARY FACULTY COMPOSERS SERIES (Berklee College of Music) ࠠ
DUETS Emil Viklický (Lotos Records) ††

1993

BIG BAND BLUES CELEBRATION Original Jazz Compositions by Ted Pease (Breadloaf Music) ††

1992

SELECTED WORKS John Bavicchi Productions (Montross) ††

1988

BOOGIE TO HEAVEN Gail Wynters (VWC Records) ††

1984

JUMPIN' IN THE FUTURE Gunther Schuller Records (Gunmar) ††

1983

DREAMS COME TRUE Suzanne Dean Records (Nova) ††

1982

TOGETHER Maggie Scott (Seaside Recordings) †††

1979

PRAMLATTA'S HIPS The Herb Pomeroy Orchestra (Shiah Records) ††

1974

AFRODESIA Lonnie Smith (Groove Merchant) ††
THE ROAR OF '74 Buddy Rich Orchestra (Groove Merchant) †††

1973

EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Buddy Rich Orchestra (LaserLight) †††
STICK IT Buddy Rich Orchestra (RCA Victor) †††

† - Arranger | ‡ - Composer | †† - Trumpet soloist or section