12 April 2011 - The Hopkins Clan @ Pt Chevalier RSA
1136 Great North Rd
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Drummer Tony Hopkins is no stranger to Auckland audiences.. He started his full time career in 1958 as Johnny Devlin’s drummer, backed several famous American pop singers and was a regular at the iconic Montmartre Jazz club in Auckland in the 50’s. He was music co-ordinator at the influential “London Bar” in the from 1990 to ‘94, giving valuable support to kiwi musicians Nathan Haines, Tim Hopkins, Matt Penman, Matt Field, Kevin Fields . At 70 years of age he’s still playing superbly.
Tim Hopkins is one of Australasia’s leading creative jazz saxophonists. Winning the inaugural Wangaratta Jazz Saxophone competition in Australia in 1993, Tim’s now recorded 6 CD’s under his own name and many more as a sideman. He was a in jazz giant Mike Nock’s quartet for 12 years, touring throughout Canada and South East Asia, recording two albums, and has a host of other playing credits to his name. Tim recently moved to Wellington where he is completing his MMA (masters in performance) at NZSM Massey University, is working on his 7th CD as part of his thesis and lecturing at VUW and various other schools.
Debuting in her first ever Jazz and Blues gig, singer Kate Hopkins feels lucky to have been born into such a musical family. Talented in her own right, in Sydney she was involved with different bands, cutting her teeth on jazz standards working on original music, as well as TV appearances and numerous entertainment shows. Over the years Kate pursued other interests and has recently rediscovered her singing voice, she says ‘music can lift the spirits of so many and is limitless’.
Pianist Mike Walker and bassist Pete McGregor complete the quintet as they weave their way through some well known , sometimes obscure standards with a twist.