An ensemble of the highest order — musicians' musicians — led by trumpeter Greg Hopkins , featuring tenor man Billy Pierce , veteran of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Tony Williams Quintet; guitar guru Mick Goodrick , acclaimed for his harmonically intricate accompaniments; drum icon Gary Chaffee whose influence on the contemporary drum scene is told with an excerpt of his student roster, from Vinnie Colaiuta to Joey Kramer ; Lyle Lovett 's long-time pianist Tim Ray ; and the powerful bassist Dave Zinno .
Greg Hopkins started in Detroit, making his way around the globe, arranging and performing for our most celebrated musicians from Gillespie and Sinatra to the Supremes; Motown to Symphony Hall. On composing and performing Hopkins says, "After years of doing this, I know what works and what doesn't, but I still experiment. Every piece is a nail biter."
He was writer and arranger for Buddy Rich and Herb Pomeroy , and more recently for Grammy® winner Esperanza Spalding , and her "Radio Music Society" tour.