The Greg Hopkins Sextet + 1 performs at Spire Center

Remember the music of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn on Feb 25th
Greg Hopkins to perform at the Spire Center. Photo courtesy of Mr. Hopkins and the Spire Center.

The Greg Hopkins Sextet + 1 is an all-star jazz ensemble made up of world class musicians whose resumes include performances and world tours with luminaries including: Buddy Rich, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Amad Jamal, Lonny Smith, Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and Lyle Lovett.

The Greg Hopkins Sextet + 1 is:                                                                                                                                 

  • Greg Hopkins--Trumpet, Flugelhorn, and arrangements
  • Shannon LeClarie—Alto Sax and Flute
  • Arnie Krakowski — Tenor Sax
  • Jeff Galindo — Trombone
  • Tim Ray — Piano
  • Paul Del Nero — Bass
  • Yoron Israel — Drums

This concert will celebrate the great American music of Duke Ellington and his long-time musical alter-ego Billy Strayhorn. Hopkins has arranged 12 classic and obscure pieces of Ellington and Strayhorn compositions for his ensemble and will present a concert of this music at the Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth on Saturday, February 25th. Show time is 8:00 PM. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.spirecenter.org/events.

About Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn

Arguably two of the greatest American composers to ever live, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn created a huge body of now classic American music. Using the medium of the big band, Duke and Billy crafted a myriad of memorable compositions, such as It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Take The A-Train, Sophisticated Lady, Lush Life, In A Sentimental Mood, Afro Bossa, Come Sunday, Raincheck, Azure, Warm Valley, In A Mellow Tone, Perdido, Star Crossed Lovers, A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing, Isfahan" and well over a thousand others.


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