Stix Hooper has contributed much to the world of music and to the Jazz Community through his work with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, where he has served as the National Vice Chairman (the first African American to do so), having previously served three terms as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of NARAS (the first ever three term President, and only the second African American President). Among the many awards he has garnered are 9 Grammy nominations, numerous #1 awards from Billboard, Cashbox and Record World magazines, as well as Top Drummer award by Billboard magazine.
It all culminates with this. Stix has been named, ten times, one of Playboy and Downbeat magazines’ top three drummers. As a composer, producer, actor, vocalist, songwriter, and recording company executive, Stix Hooper has at least as much, and quite possibly more knowledge about virtually all aspects of music than anybody in the business.
Among his many accomplishments, Stix is a ten time Grammy nominee and relentlessly tireless worker. As the first African-American National Vice Chairman of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Grammy Awards (NARAS) and three term President of the LA Chapter — the largest of all the Chapters — his work with NARAS and the Grammy Awards has been extensive and important to kids and adults all around the world (All About Jazz 2004)
“I definitely think music has suffered because people aren’t taking the time to learn their instruments,” Hooper said.
Playboy Offers Its Best Music in Many Years. “Note for note, Playboy Jazz Festival 2005 was the best it has been for years.”
Drummer Stix Hooper’s band, Viewpoint, set the bar high for what was to follow. Paced by Hooper’s dynamic percussion work, the group moved easily and smoothly from brisk mainstream jazz to more propulsive grooves.
. . .the day’s high quality sounds.
Drummer, Stix Hooper is well known for being a former members of the Crusaders. Significantly at Colburn School of Music’s Zipper Hall, he made a point of showing that his range surpasses boundaries and labels, while also being a very capable bandleader. In fact, his multi-cultural ensemble was often showcased during the concert beginning with the opening number. It was a duet of “Swan Lake” performed by Eugene Maslov-piano and Gabriel Campos-clarinet, a student at the facilitating venue. Also accordionist, Frank Maracco blazed on “Secret Love,” and the guitarist, Andreas Oberg, profoundly soloing..
The guitarist came to the forefront again during an impressive rendering of “Cherokee.” Highly acclaimed flautist, Hubert Laws soared to lofty heights during Brazilian flavored “Samba Del Cielo.” Recalling the heralded 1970s CTI Records years was urban groove, “And Then There was the Blues.” Bassist Del Atkins was prominent with reedist, Scott Mayo and the guitarist profoundly soloing. Changing things up a bit was the addition of Hooper’s daughter, Meghan, who soulfully sang “Nature Boy” with poise and balance that impressed the audience. Rounding out an invigorating evening was hip sounding “Pier Pressure Blues” that included trumpeter, Jamelle WIlliams grandly soloing and interacting with all the musicians. Hooper wailed away throughout the percolating number and soloed for the close to garner a standing ovation.
What is the rhythm of Los Angeles?
Poet Wanda Coleman: “There are people who have come and translated the sounds I hear into music. L.A. jazz greats like Stix Hooper, Charles Wrights and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, and Grover Washington and his album ‘Winelight.’ “
Internationally Renowned Drummer/Composer/Producer, Stix Hooper, Reconnects with Hometown of Houston
After a quarter of a century, Stix Hooper, internationally renowned drummer/composer/producer, returned recently to his hometown of Houston to reconnect and acknowledge his Texas roots sharing his new music and his myriad of varied experiences.
Hooper, a multi-Grammy nominated artist, is considered one of the world’s top drummer/percussionists, composers, vocalists, producers, and of course known as the founder of the famed Crusaders.
The successful Houston native, spent time, hung with friends and toured the Pro-Mark factory founded in 1957 by Herb Brochstein. In 1951, Brochstein established the Brochstein Drum Shop in downtown Houston where he taught drumming, sold drums and supplies along with being a working musician. Brochstein went on to found Pro-Mark, the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of drumsticks, mallets and percussion products. Since the purchase at Brochstein’s of that first set of drums, sticks and percussion equipment, Hooper and Brochstein, have become life-long friends!
Having developed an interest in music, drums and percussion at a very early age, Hooper started in E. O. Smith Junior High devoting much of his time to the study of all aspects of music including composition, song writing, etc. Then, while at Phillis Wheatley High School, Hooper was Concert/Marching Band President for two years and an outstanding member of the Jazz Band during his tenure at the school also forming a band called the Swingsters, later on becoming the Modern Jazz Sextet. Then on to Texas Southern University where he continued his studies in addition to studying with members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and other professional musicians. Hooper then headed to the west coast where the Jazz Crusaders, eventually the Crusaders, were established and became a world acclaimed entity.
During his visit, the student body at Phillis Wheatley High School enjoyed an informative presentation from alumnus Hooper, and Wheatley band students participated in an interactive workshop.
Hooper recently released three new recordings from his new record label, Stix Hooper Enterprises. Read more or visit Stix’s Facebook page for news and updates.
Stix Energizing the New Generation!
During his visit, Phillis Wheatley High School band students participated in an interactive workshop
Stix fires up the drums and fires up the students during an all school assembly at Wheatley High
Stix Hooper announced recently, the alignment of his record label, Stix Hooper Enterprises, with Proper Music Group (formerly Proper Note) UK, the leading sales, marketing and music distribution company in the United Kingdom.
Since it’s formation in 2009, Proper Music has specialized in the physical and digital sales, marketing and promotion of a wide range of internationally renowned jazz, classical and world music labels. The company is run by entrepreneurs, Graham Griffiths and Eddie Wilkinson.
Proper is currently distributing music from Hooper’s current repertoire, and is anticipating the release and distribution of several new projects on the Stix Hooper Enterprises label.