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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra (BCJO), directed by Greg Hopkins, is one of the most prestigious performing groups at Berklee. The ensemble features some of the finest jazz instrumentalists playing primarily original music written expressly for the group by the most accomplished jazz composers on campus.
The musical expression of the ensemble represents a unique fusion of international musical styles. The group represents a true melting pot of fine musical talent from around the world. The music was composed by writers from Spain, Italy, Turkey, Serbia, Argentina, Japan, France, Switzerland, and the United States. These composers combine a wealth of exotic musical ideas with current and traditional jazz forms, resulting in many fresh approaches to the idiom.
Director Greg Hopkins, Professor of Jazz Composition, also teaches trumpet and ensembles at Berklee. He was on the road with Buddy Rich as musical Director and soloist. He played with Motown groups and learned the business while working around the Detroit area and attending Michigan State University in the late 60's. He has performed with Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Billy Maxted, and others. In addition to teaching at Berklee, Mr. Hopkins travels all over the world, performing, conducting, and teaching. He recently conducted and performed with the Prague Radio Big Band, The Reykjavik Jazz Orchestra, and every summer directs the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Jazz Program.