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JC Hopkins Biggish Band

In addition to concerts and events throughout the country, JC Hopkins Biggish Band notably played two tribute shows honoring—and featuring—seminal jazz songwriter Mose Allison. The first, in 2001, was held at Joe's Pub in Manhattan and included Hopkins' longtime friend and collaborator, singer Martha Wainwright, Norah Jones, Madeline Peyroux and Queen Esther. One decade later, in 2011, the band held its second tribute to Allison, again featuring the jazz great, as well as his daughter Amy Allison. The performance featured vocalist Elvis Costello performing Allison's songs with the Biggish Band as well as guest appearances by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, folk singer Jolie Holland, Verve recording artist Lucy Woodward, and jazz singer Sasha Dobson. The Biggish Band has also been featured at Lincoln Center's "Midsummer Night's Swing" and has included songwriter and performance artist Justin Vivian Bond, Joey Arias, Lea DeLaria, as well as jazz pianist and singer Champian Fulton

New York Moment

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Beguiled; One of Those Days; The Wonderful Things to Come; We Can Change the World; Oh, Kitty!; Better Git It in Your Soul; Sublime Beauty; What Would You Say?; Lulu; Close Your Eyes; The Children Will Lead Us.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

JC Hopkins Biggish Band: New York Moment

Read "New York Moment" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

On New York Moment, pianist JC Hopkins and his twelve-piece Biggish Band tend to a flame that's been burning since prior to World War II, the sound of large dance bands (with and without vocalists) who moved audiences with both sophistication and swing. Hopkins' Moment rotates Vanisha-Arleen Gould, Joy Hanson, Nico Sarbanes (who also plays trumpet), ...

Places in Space, in Time

Read "Places in Space, in Time" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Abraham Inc. Together We Stand Table Pounding Music 2019 “Ever since I formed Klezmer Madness! in the mid 1990's I've been exploring the possibilities of adding funk, jazz, and lately hip-hop influences to klezmer," explains David Krakauer, an expert clarinet voice in jazz, klezmer and classical ...

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I'm Gonna Go Fishin' on a Sunday Afternoon

Read "I'm Gonna Go Fishin' on a Sunday Afternoon" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

A new month begins with recent releases from the Cory Weeds Quartet and vocalist Naama Gheber, with birthday shoutouts to Duke Ellington and Judy Collins in the first hour, followed by pianists Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn and Connie Crothers (pictured). Thanks for your continued support and please support the artists you hear on this broadcast and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald

Read "Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final broadcast of Jazz Appreciation Month includes new releases from vocalist Lauren Henderson and the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, with birthday shout-outs to pianist Dorothy Donegan (pictured), Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey and legendary vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Thanks for your continued support and please support these artists and their music. Playlist Dorothy ...

Meet Me At Minton's

Label: Harlem Jazz Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Remember When; Suddenly (In Walked Bud); Swing Brother Swing; Looking Back ( Reflections); What Is Love; Meant To Be; Meet Me At Minton’s; Them There Eyes; Dreams Come True; Alright, OK, You Win; Spreadin’ Rhythm Around; How I Wish (Ask Me Now); All Of Me.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

JC Hopkins Biggish Band: Meet Me At Minton's

Read "Meet Me At Minton's" reviewed by James Nadal

In a direct shout out to the famous Harlem nightclub, and evoking the golden age of jazz orchestras, Meet Me At Minton's by the JC Hopkins Biggish Band is a polished throwback to the era when premier vocalists fronted illustrious big bands, while dancers flooded the floor. With a rotating lineup of eight singers, backed by ...

Underneath a Brooklyn Moon

Label: Tigerlily Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Here Comes Love; One Never Knows; I've Got My Finger On A Star; Ice Cream Song; Underneath A Brooklyn Moon; Small Town; I Still Believe In Some Kind Of Love; Someday; Show Biz'ness; Settle Down.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

JC Hopkins Biggish Band: Underneath a Brooklyn Moon

Read "Underneath a Brooklyn Moon" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

There is a clear retro feel about bandleader, pianist, and songwriter JC Hopkins as he goes on the road in support of his debut with his Biggish Band. Onstage, the group looks and sounds as if we were still in the mid-'40s. The leader dresses in a vintage-looking suit, and even though the band has some ...


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