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Claude Hopkins

Claude Hopkins - pianist, bandleader, (1903 - 1984) Often overlooked by historians, Claude Hopkins was a major contributor to the development of early jazz and swing music. He was an incredibly gentle yet powerful stride pianist who could perform both ballads and hot numbers with equal virtuosity. Hopkins also wrote and arranged many compositions of his own and in collaboration with other artists like J.C. Johnson and Bud Freeman. Hopkins grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and learned to play piano at age seven. He studied music and medicine at Howard University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree, and later attended the Washington Conservatory

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Wild Bill Davison: The Jazz Giants

Read "The Jazz Giants" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Cornetist Wild Bill Davison had a fiery, extroverted approach to playing that originated in the 1920s Chicago and mirrored his hard living. By 1968, when he recorded The Jazz Giants for the Canadian label Sackville, he had mellowed and his tone had become more melodic. A democratic leader, Davison allows the five, underrated practitioners of “prebop ...

Swing Time

Label: Prestige Records
Released: 1999

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Claude Hopkins: Swing Time

Read "Swing Time" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Bob Weinstock loved older jazz but rarely recorded it: apart from some Jimmy McPartland sides, the first decade of Prestige was strictly modern. In the late ‘Fifties he started to diversify: new labels were set up (including Swingville), and records were cut. The assembled roster was amazing: big stars (Coleman Hawkins, Pee Wee Russell) and overlooked ...

Crazy Fingers

Label: Elabeth
Released: 1973

Soliloquy

Label: Le Chant du Monde
Released: 1972

Swing Time

Label: Unknown label
Released: 1963

Let's Jam

Label: Le Chant du Monde
Released: 1961

Yes Indeed!

Label: Elabeth
Released: 1960


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