Greg Hopkins, Jazz and Contemporary Music, trumpet


Performer, composer, and arranger Greg Hopkins first picked up the trumpet as a boy in Detroit. Hopkins began his professional career in 1965, freelancing in the Detroit area for such acts as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Gladys Knight until 1969, when he graduated Michigan State.

From 1969 to 1974 he toured nationally and internationally, appearing at the Newport, Monterey, and other major jazz festivals. Hopkins has also performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, the Supremes, Burt Bacharach, Nancy Wilson, Lou Rawls, Mitzi Gaynor, Michel Legrand, Johnny Mathis, Shirley Maclame, Marvin Hamlisch, and Lena Home, as well as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Boston Brass Ensemble.

He recorded as soloist and arranger Roar of ‘74 and Stick It with the Buddy Rich Orchestra, Afrodisiawith Lonnie Smith, Pramlatta’s Hips with Herb Pomeroy, Together with Maggie Scott, Orange Then Bluewith George Adams, Jumpin’ in the Future with Gunther Schuller, Dreams Come True with Suzanne Dean, and numerous others.

He has published arrangements and compositions with Kendor, Studio P.R., and Tom Crown Brass Publications.

Hopkins works often with his 16 Piece Jazz Orchestra and performs regularly with his quintet and Tim Ray's trio.

Email: greg.hopkins(at)longy.edu