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British born Duncan Hopkins is a double bassist, composer, arranger and educator based in Toronto, Canada. He has been likened to the world’s best : “St.Catharines has given the jazz world one important composer…Kenny Wheeler. It may have another one … in the person of Duncan Hopkins”. Globe and Mail and “(Duncan’s) strength’s lie in his writing and sense of textural organisation, which show him willing to stretch, push or otherwise challenge style and format.” Globe and Mail Aside from his own projects, he is a popular sideman for a wide variety of artists such as Dianna Krall, Mark Murphy, Norma Winstone, Lester Bowie, Kenny Wheeler, John Hicks, Peter Appleyard, Ken Peplowski, Ed Bickert, D.D

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Martin Speake: The Thinking Fan's Saxophonist

Read "Martin Speake: The Thinking Fan's Saxophonist" reviewed by Duncan Heining

British alto saxophonist, Martin Speake, is one of the most adventurous and articulate musicians in a music peppered with creative artists. That he is not a household name--even within the proscribed and marginalised world of jazz--says more about the times than it does about Speake or his single-minded approach to his art. Speake combines ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kinga: Guess Who I Saw Today

Read "Guess Who I Saw Today" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Born in Poland and eventually settling in Ottawa, Ontario, Canadian songstress Kinga reveals her debut recording Guess Who I Saw Today presenting a terrific selection of standards and reimagined classics produced and arranged by friend and pianist extraordinaire Bill King. Gifted with a dark crisp voice, Kinga's love for jazz was developed at an early age ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Martin Speake: The Unquiet Mind

Read "Martin Speake: The Unquiet Mind" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We have here three very fine CDs from British alto saxophonist, Martin Speake. Speake is classically trained and when I first heard him in the late 90s, he brought to jazz a tone that emphasised the clarity of each note and the purity of the melodic line that was quite unusual in a music more used ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

International Jazz Workshop Germany August 9-14, 2012

International Jazz Workshop Germany August 9-14, 2012

Jazz and world music have rediscovered for our culture what is in fact at the heart of all music making: expressing and communicating our own humanity in terms of music, developing and exchanging creativity with others. This event is a 6 day study and experience course. It is open to musicians of all ages who would ...

NEWS: EVENT

The New Singer's Jazz Series Spring Fling in Toronto

The New Singer's Jazz Series Spring Fling in Toronto

SATURDAY MARCH 10th Doors Open 6:30 For Dinner—Show Starts @ 8pm Hosted by Julie McGregor Featuring Special Guests: Maureen Kennedy, Laura Marks, Neil Kristian Parent, Moreen Murray and jazz poet; Chris Hercules with Norman Amadio on piano and Duncan Hopkins on bass Trane Studio is located at: 964 Bathurst Street ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival: Cork, Ireland October 28-31, 2011

Read "Guinness Cork Jazz Festival: Cork, Ireland October 28-31, 2011" reviewed by Ian McLaren

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2011Cork, IrelandOctober 28-31, 2011One of the few nice things about October is the pleasure of returning to Cork, the perfect city for a jazz festival, and being met by that great Irish hospitality. Arriving at the airport, all shiny and modern, and wondering how to get into town, suddenly ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Days 1-3: June 23-25, 2011

Read "TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Days 1-3: June 23-25, 2011" reviewed by Alain Londes

TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2011Toronto, CanadaJune 24-July 3, 2011 2011 marked the 25th anniversary for a festival that is a key stopping point for artists coming to Canada. Organizers always have to strike the right balance when booking top names and other talented international artists. A key change from previous ...


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