"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
“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
JC Hopkins Biggish Band
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.