JC Hopkins Biggish Band
"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." James Nadal, All About Jazz
“At Minton’s, you’re part of the choir. There’s this part in “Moanin'” where—not in the original version but in this one, arranged by JC Hopkins and which his band, JC Hopkins’ Biggish Band, plays—the horn section shouts out, call-and-response style. This night, we get in on it, too. Bum be de BOMP. HEY! Be dop bop be da BOMP. HEY! Bum be de BOMP. HEY! And it’s not anger any longer, but joy.” – ESQUIRE MAGAZINE
“Hopkins writes swinging material tailor made for a vacuum tube radio, and is delivered with timeless flair by the lead singer, Queen Esther. – THE NEW YORKER
Described as a modern-day Hoagy Carmichael, Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and impresario JC Hopkins has cultivated a multi-generational ensemble of jazz titans to produce Meet Me At Minton’s – a compilation of classic big band hits amongst a string of scintillating originals. The recording features the late jazz poet laureate Jon Hendricks, alongside Grammy-award winning vocalist Andy Bey, Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition winner Jazzmeia Horn and co-founder of legendary funk duo Sister Sledge, Kathy Sledge, the aptly titled Meet Me At Minton’s displays a powerhouse of esteemed vocalists, ranging from emerging prodigies to accomplished veterans of jazz.
Performers Featured On Album: JC Hopkins (piano); Noah Jackson (bass); Charles Goold (drums); Solomon Hicks (guitar); Clare Daly (bari sax); Christopher McBride (alto sax); Troy Robert (tenor sax); Corey Wallace (trombone); Bruce Harris (trumpet); Phillip Dizack (trumpet); Bryan Davis (trumpet); Joseph Doubleday (vibes); Brandee Younger (harp); Ismel Wignall (congas); Andy Bey (vocals); Kevin Burke, Aria Hendricks (vocals); Arrangements by Wayne Tuckey, Corey Wallace, J.Walter Hawkes, and Chuck MacKinnon.