by Claude Hopkins & His OrchestraClaude Hopkins & His Orchestra


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The third and final Claude Hopkins Classics CD has some really obscure and diverse music. The 1937 Hopkins big band included trumpeter Jabbo Smith and trombonist Vic Dickenson in its lineup, but of the six titles it cut, five are showcases for singer Beverly White; in all, the legendary Smith gets a single chorus. Better are eight titles by trumpeter Ovie Alston's orchestra, which includes Hopkins on piano in 1938 along with some of his sidemen. This CD concludes with six numbers by the pianist's struggling 1940 big band, decent swing performances that preceded the orchestra's complete breakup. A bit of a collector's item.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/1996
Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC: 3307517073327
catalogNumber: 733
Rank: 174623

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Claude Hopkins & His Orchestra   Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble
Claude Hopkins   Piano
Jabbo Smith   Trumpet
Norman Greene   Trombone
Ovie Alston   Trumpet,Vocals,Performing Ensemble
Herman Autrey   Trumpet,Vocals
Abe Bolar   Bass
Floyd Brady   Trombone
Shirley Clay   Trumpet
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Arville Harris   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ray Hogan   Trombone
Pete Jacobs   Drums
Walter Johnson   Drums
Walter Jones   Guitar
Sylvester Lewis   Trumpet
Fred Norman   Trombone
Ben Richardson   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Orlando Roberson   Vocals
Bobby Sands   Tenor Saxophone
Ben Smith   Alto Saxophone
Albert Snaer   Trumpet
Benny Waters   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Beverly White   Vocals
Russell Jones   Trumpet
George Foster   Drums
Elmer James   Bass
Howard E. Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Lincoln Mills   Trumpet
Robert Cheek   Trumpet
Norman Thornton   Alto Saxophone
Chauncey Houghton   Alto Saxophone
Gene Johnson   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Claude Hopkins   Arranger,Director
Ovie Alston   Director
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes

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